Benefits of new insurance scheme would outweigh costs

Published on 19 Feb 2015

APM has outlined this position in a submission to a Green Paper on the issue which has been released by the Insurance Commission of WA.

APM's submission states: "APM supports Option 2 in the Green Paper, that a no-fault catastrophic compulsory third party insurance scheme for all people catastrophically injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident in WA should be introduced."

The current compulsory third party motor vehicle personal injury insurance scheme in WA is an 'at-fault' scheme, meaning that if a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident, fault needs to be identified on the part of a driver of a WA-registered motor vehicle for an insurance claim to be successful.

"A no-fault catastrophic compulsory third party insurance scheme would have many benefits, including filling existing gaps in coverage for all parties involved in road accidents in WA," said APM's Group Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hobday.

"Importantly, it would provide greater access to and choice of treatment and rehabilitation services.

This would enable anyone on WA roads who is impacted to be able to access life-long care and support through regular payments, rather than a one-off lump-sum.

"It would also mean that access to compensation is no longer contingent on legal action."

The WA Government has estimated the additional cost of a no-fault scheme on an annual basis would be $109 for a family car.

APM says that the cost of the change would be outweighed by benefits, stating in the submission that, "superior recovery outcomes and functional capability would be the result".