You will need this approval if you are an occupational association and intend to create a Professional Standards Scheme. An occupational association is an organisation that represents the interests of members of a profession or trade. The scheme aims to help improve the standards of professionals that are members of occupational associations and protect the consumers of these services.
A scheme limits the occupational liability of members of an occupational association. Occupational liability is civil liability arising from anything done by a person while performing their job. Schemes may be approved that operate within New South Wales or those which operate within New South Wales and another Australian state or territory.
A scheme requires its members to have insurance and business assets which are sufficient to pay damages to anyone harmed by their wrongdoing. It also places a limit on the amount of damages that may be awarded.
Each proposed scheme will be individually assessed by the Council and consideration will be given to its broader impact on the particular industry and consumer protection.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.