State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)
A new government organisation, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), took over the work of the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) on 1 September 2015.
SIRA is a statutory body created by the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 No 19. It is the independent regulator for all NSW insurance schemes - compulsory third party (CTP) insurance, workers compensation insurance and home building compensation. It replaces the MAA and WorkCover Authority and has the same functions as the MAA as set out in the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 and the Motor Accidents Act 1988.
SIRA now regulates the NSW CTP insurance scheme. It is also responsible for supervising the six insurers in the scheme to make sure they provide CTP insurance fairly, effectively, and within the legislation and guidelines.
Like the MAA, SIRA has these functions:
- Make sure insurance and compensation schemes are viable
- Cut the risk and cost to the community of injuries from motor accidents
- Effectively manage injuries and return to work measures
- Ensure access to treatment for people who are injured
- Supervise claims and disputes
- Promote compliance with the law.
What you need to do
While the government agency has changed, you will still find the information you need in the same place.
The SIRA website is useful and up to date.
In case of claims, you can still contact the Claims Advisory Service from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 1300 656 919.
At this stage, the only real change affecting the information on our website is the name change from the MAA to SIRA.