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This project supports jurisdictions to review injury insurance schemes to identify any necessary reforms to support automated vehicles.

Motor accident injury insurance and automated vehicles

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Purpose

The purpose of this project is to develop reform that enables people injured or killed in a crash involving an automated vehicle to access an equivalent level of care, treatment, benefits and compensation to that experienced by people injured or killed in an accident involving a vehicle controlled by a human driver.

 

Next steps

In August 2019 Transport Ministers endorsed a national approach to insurance for automated vehicles that requires existing motor accident injury insurance schemes to provide cover for automated vehicle crash injuries. The approach is set out in NTC’s policy paper Motor accident injury insurance and automated vehicles.  

Ministers responsible for motor accident injury insurance schemes, through the Board of Treasurers, will be asked to endorse the Transport Ministers’ decision.

Further work by all jurisdictions, with support of the NTC, will be required to:

  • review insurers’ mechanisms to recover their claims costs
  • create provisions enabling people involved in an automated vehicle crash to access MAII schemes
  • develop a data access framework for MAII insurers to determine liability

Background

 This project is part of a broader national reform program for us, which aims to put end-to-end regulation in place to support the safe, commercial deployment of automated vehicles.

In November 2016, the Transport and Infrastructure Council asked the NTC, and states and territories to review motor accident injury insurance schemes to identify any eligibility barriers to accessing these schemes by people involved in a crash with an automated vehicle. If required, each state and territory government was to amend its insurance scheme, and that resulting reforms be nationally consistent wherever possible.
Since November 2016, the project’s scope broadened to look at a wider range of insurance options and required additional consultation across government.

The NTC published a discussion paper, Motor accident injury insurance and automated vehicles, in October 2018. We received 23 public submissions.

For more information, see Automated vehicles in Australia.

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Project Manager Nicole McDonald
Last Updated: 16/8/2019