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Inquiry Details

The exercise of the functions of the Motor Accidents Authority and Motor Accidents Council - Eighth Review

BACKGROUND The Law and Justice Committee has an ongoing role to review the exercise of the functions of the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) and the Motor Accidents Council (MAC). The MAA is the statutory corporation that regulates the NSW Motor Accidents Scheme. It was established under the Motor Accidents Act 1988 on 10 March 1989 and continues to be constituted under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999. Section 210 of the latter Act provides that a committee of the Legislative Council is to be charged with the responsibility of supervising the exercise of the functions of the MAA and the MAC. The Legislative Council first appointed the Standing Committee on Law and Justice to undertake this role in November 1999 and has reappointed the Committee in subsequent Parliaments. The inquiry was referred to the Law and Justice Committee in the current Parliament on 30 May 2007. The text of the resolution appointing the Committee is set out under the heading 'Inquiry Terms of Reference.' Over the years the Committee has examined a range of issues, including the efficiency of the Scheme, the performance of the Motor Accidents Assessment Service and the Claims Assessment Resolution Service, insurer profitability, trends in motor accident compensation claims, the road safety initiatives of the MAA and the cost of CTP motor accident insurance. The terms of reference for the inquiry prevent the Committee from inquiring into particular compensation claims. For more information on the Committee's previous reviews of the exercise and functions of the MAA and MAC, return to the Committee's home page and click on the relevant link under the heading 'Reports'.

Legislative Council Committee Report Debate, 8 November 2007 Legislative Council Committee Report Debate, 14 November 2007 Legislative Council Committee Report Debate, 28 November 2007

LC Minutes No 5, 30 May 2007, Item 4

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