Insurance win for NAVA Members!

Changes to NAVA insurance with QBE Insurance and Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) have been reversed.

NAVA Members have earned a major victory after QBE Insurance and Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) reversed their decision to reduce coverage and products offered as part of the NAVA Premium Plus insurance policy.

QBE and LCIS recently disclosed that it would no longer cover artists who use kilns (as an in person activity) and tools or equipment that produce an open flame, as well as those who sell or present work at market stalls and art fairs. Professional Indemnity coverage was also removed from the policy offering. 

However, after NAVA campaigned hard to reverse the changes alongside other arts service organisations with the same group policy, the decision was reversed.

In a letter to NAVA, LCIS confirmed that:

  • Artists presenting or selling their work at markets and art fairs will be covered.
  • Artists who use kilns and open flames will be covered, but an additional small premium will be applied. Details will be clarified and shared with Members next week.
  • Professional indemnity will be added back to the policy.

This is a huge and proud win for NAVA Members and the entire arts sector. Thank you to all of our Members who shared their impact statements and backed NAVA in our campaign for affordable and accessible insurance.

This is a great result but there is still more to do. NAVA will continue to engage with LCIS and QBE to clarify and confirm policy details and ensure our Members have peace of mind.

Stronger Together

Sector-wide collaboration is essential for building a future where artists’ careers and practices are sustained and nourished. 

While we iron out the details, we understand that you may have individual concerns and questions. Please email or call us during the following office hours (AEST): 9.00-10.00am and 2.00-4.00pm Mondays to Thursdays.

Image: Amy Claire Mills at Cut n Polish, Carriageworks 2022, courtesy the artist.

ID: Photo of an artist with red hair, pink glasses and a pink shirt sitting behind a table at a market stall. She has her mouth wide open and is resting her chin against her open hands. Various bright coloured textile works and apparel are on display around her.

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