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Inquiry Details

The exercise of the functions of the Motor Accidents Authority - Twelfth Review

BACKGROUND The Law and Justice Committee has an ongoing role to review the exercise of the functions of the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA). 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 11 of the Safety, Return to Work and Support Board Act 2012 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. The Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice has undertaken this statutory review since 1999 (previously under section 210 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999) and has been reappointed to conduct the review in subsequent Parliaments. 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. Please note the terms of reference prevent the Committee from investigating individual participants or applications for participation in the Scheme. Hearings were held on 7 and 17 March 2014.

Legislative Council Report Debate, 12 August 2014

LC Minutes No 118, 14 November 2012, Item 17