Affordability, efficiency, fairness and responsiveness remain the strong cornerstones of Queensland’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme.
From April to June 2020:
- CTP insurance premiums remained stable and even more affordable when measured as a percentage of Queenslanders’ Average Weekly Earnings
- new claims were below previous years’ levels, potentially as a result of 2019 scheme reforms and recent changes in road usage
- we continued to enable and support collaboration across scheme stakeholders to ensure injured people were able to access treatment and to resolve their claims
- independent reports on licensed insurer profits and scheme performance were released which showed scheme efficiency had improved even further.
As flagged in our last report, we also:
- continued to implement legislative reforms to stop car crash scammers
- further explored how a digital claim process could benefit claimants and industry stakeholders
- released our draft claims management standards to industry stakeholders for consultation.
As we move into the third quarter of 2020, we will:
- explore how digitisation could improve the rehabilitation process for claimants and industry stakeholders
- commence publication of claims management standards for licensed insurers
- further develop our claim farming investigation and prosecution framework.
Please explore our interactive graphs below to learn more about our scheme’s performance.
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When measured as a percentage of Average Weekly Earnings, Queensland has the most affordable CTP insurance premiums in Australia. From 1 April to 30 June 2020, the Class 1 premium ($351.20) was 21.8 per cent of Average Weekly Earnings.
CTP premium breakdown
Despite the uncertainties presented by COVID-19, CTP insurance premiums remained affordable and steady over time.
Insurer market share
There was no material change in market share in the past quarter.
Number of motorists switching insurers
We continued to see modest but increasing signs of vehicle owners switching their CTP insurer. The top three reasons motorists reported for switching were: seeing a reminder in the CTP notice sent with their vehicle registration renewal, being prompted by an insurer when contacting them about their other insurance policies, or receiving a letter from their insurer.
The efficiency of a CTP insurance scheme can be judged by how well insurer delivery costs are controlled while maximising the amount paid to the benefit of the injured person. A best-practice benchmark for a privately-underwritten scheme is for at least 60 per cent of CTP insurance premiums to be returned as claimant benefits. Each year we measure the prior five-year average of these figures, and our last measurement not only improved on the 2019 result but also exceeded the best-practice benchmark by six per cent.
Current claimant benefits
Current delivery costs
Ensuring timely resolution of claims
Our legislation requires insurers to deal with claims as quickly as possible. Insurers must decide liability within six months from receiving a compliant claim. Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, MAIC, insurers and lawyers worked collaboratively to continue resolving claims quickly.
of claims met this requirement in the last 12 months.*
Legally-represented claimants – Average claim duration (months)
Direct claimants – Average claim duration (months)
Our scheme enables people who are injured wholly or partly due to the actions of another driver to claim fair and timely compensation and access rehabilitation. The compensation paid to the injured party depends on the extent of their injuries that result from the motor vehicle crash and how these injuries affect their work and social functioning. Compensation can include the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, loss of income and care services.
Total payments by heads of damage for finalised claims
Number of new claims per quarter
New claim numbers are trending down compared to previous years. For the same period in 2019, new claims per quarter were down by 17 per cent. The majority of claims involve Queensland residents seeking assistance from Queensland law firms.
Proportion of claims added per quarter
Number of claims added per quarter by severity
Our scheme responds to meet the needs of a wide range of people of different ages, genders, types of crashes and roles in crashes. Our improved analytics capabilities also enable us to better understand and respond to changes in the scheme experience.
Over recent months, the scheme has responded quickly and well to the changes arising from COVID-19 restrictions. This has enabled injured people to continue submitting new claims, to access treatment, and for claim settlements to occur. These actions have ensured medical and allied health service providers have been able to continue assisting injured people and to be paid in a timely manner for their services.
Number of registered vehicles by vehicle class
Vehicle registrations decreased from March to May but rebounded in June 2020 resulting in the size of the overall vehicle fleet in Queensland remaining stable.
Age groups of claimants by gender
Queensland crash claims by region
Metropolitan areas experience more crashes than regional areas and have a higher proportion of minor and moderate injuries compared to regional areas. Regional areas experience fewer crashes than metropolitan areas but have a higher proportion of severe injuries.
Injuries by body regions
Over the last three years, more than 78 per cent of claimants experienced spinal injuries (including whiplash). Out of these claimants, 1.3 per cent experienced severe spine injuries. Amongst the nine injured body regions, thorax is most likely to be seriously injured (12.2 per cent), followed by head (9.4 per cent). In addition to the trauma injuries illustrated in the following graph, more than 24 per cent of the claimants experienced psychological conditions.
Number of crashes per time and day of week
Crashes were most likely to occur between 3pm and 6pm on weekdays. There were significantly less crashes at night time than during the day.
Percentage of serious crashes per time and day of week
Although fewer accidents occurred at night time, the proportion of serious crashes is significantly higher, especially on weekends.
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