Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC)
In Queensland, you must hold CTP insurance to register your vehicle. CTP in Qld is a separate component, but is included in your registration payment.
The regulatory authority for CTP insurance Qld is the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).
- The MAIC is funded by a levy imposed on each vehicle registration.
- The MAIC deducts levies from the payment (including their own funding levy) before the remaining proceeds are sent to the insurer.
In Qld, you are allowed to change your CTP insurer every time you renew your registration. You must retain that insurer for the duration of your registration.
CTP insurance Scheme
CTP insurance in Qld is a common law, fault-based scheme and provides unlimited liability.
- The current Qld scheme will cover injury claims caused by a motor vehicle, but only if the injured person can identify the motorist at fault and prove negligence by that motorist.
- If an injured person cannot prove negligence (or if the injured person is the driver at fault), then they cannot make a claim under CTP insurance.
- The MAIC site advises that if you are injured and there is no at-fault vehicle, you must “rely on sick leave, Centrelink benefits, Medicare, and the public health system unless you have other insurance policies such as income protection or private health insurance”.
However, some CTP insurers offer an additional benefit to cover this gap with At-Fault Driver Cover for serious injury or death.
The MAIC operates as Nominal Defendant in cases where the at-fault vehicle is not insured or cannot be identified (for example, a hit and run accident).
In case of catastrophic injury in an accident after 1 July 2016, you may be able to get treatment, care and support through the National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland.
Qld CTP premiums
The MAIC sets a floor and ceiling price range for CTP insurance premiums every quarter. Insurers can then adjust their premiums but must always remain within the MAIC price range.
In Qld, all passenger cars are classified as Class 1. This means all passenger cars across the state are charged the same premium by the insurers. The only adjustment an insurer can make is by class of vehicle.
The 12 months premium for Class 1 cars and station wagons commencing between 1 April and 30 June 2022 is $355.80.
The total insurance premium pool in Qld in 2020-21 was $1.697 billion (MAIC Annual Report 2020-21).
A roadworthy certificate is known as a safety certificate in Qld. Only approved inspection stations (AIS) can issue safety certificates. You need a safety certificate when you want to:
- Sell a registered light vehicle
- Register an unregistered vehicle
- Transfer registration to Qld from interstate
- Transfer to another owner.
Queensland CTP insurer market share
Four insurers provide CTP insurance cover in Qld. Market share by premium at September 2021 was:
- Allianz 24.6%
- QBE 7.3%
- RACQ 24.3%
- Suncorp 43.8%
The dominance of Suncorp is mainly because it is a Qld-based CTP insurer.