Annual Report 2015 Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission (MACC)
Tabled paper 1556
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Northern Territory Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission Annual Report 2015 Page 6 Operational Highlights Common Law claims The MAC Scheme also has a portfolio of common law claims, either from recent motor vehicle accidents in common law jurisdictions in Australia, or pre 2007 claims from non-residents of the Territory. The management of several large pre-2007 claims from overseas residents is nearing completion. During 2014-2015 the scheme received 23 new common law claims, slightly more than the 14 and 22 claims respectively lodged in the two previous years. At June 2015 the number of common law claims under management was 79, down from 81 at June 2014. Governance changes With the sale of TIO to Allianz and the establishment of the new Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission, TIO has entered into a new agreement for the administration of the Scheme with the MAC Commissioner. The new management agreement sets benchmarks to be met through the life of each claim, including responsiveness, outcomes and claimant satisfaction. These benchmarks will ensure TIOs performance continues to improve, resulting in better claimant service. Legislative reforms The MAC Legislative Reforms took effect on 1 July 2014 with a specific focus on the implementation of the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) Benchmarks in the NT which led to the creation of our Lifetime Care and Support Team as discussed above. The eligibility criteria for the qualification of benefits including attendant care benefits were brought in line with the NIIS benchmarks. Other legislative amendments were also implemented. Key changes Removing the 32-hour per week cap on attendant care benefits for accidents occurring on or post 1 July 2014. Increasing the attendant care hourly rate from 2 per cent of AWE to a market reference rate for accidents occurring on or after 1 July 2014. A provision was made to fund the increase in the attendant care rate for existing claims from the MAC Fund. The 32-hour per week cap remains in place. Progressively increasing the retirement age for loss of earnings in step with the Commonwealth Government pension age increases, commencing with 65.5 years from 1 July 2017 and reaching 67 years by 1 July 2023. A provision was made from the MAC Fund to fund the increase for existing customers. Removing the cost of injuries to owners/drivers of unregistered vehicles and non-compliant vehicles such as quad bikes, dirt bikes and motorised bicycles (currently only excluded from loss of earnings and permanent impairment benefits). Benefit exclusions only apply if the vehicle was unregistered for a period of more than three months, if a registered vehicle was not involved in the accident and if the driver/owner ought to have known that the vehicle was unregistered. Removing the full cost of injuries to drivers, riders, officials and those involved in motor sports events. Previously they were only excluded from loss of earnings and permanent impairment benefits. Removing the cost of injuries arising from acts of terrorism involving a motor vehicle.
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