The National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) Advisory Group (under the chair of John Walsh) met in Sydney today to discuss and further consider NIIS design and implementation. The Advisory Group was established by the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation the Hon. Bill Shorten to advise on issues associated with the establishment of a NIIS.
The NIIS is a critical element of the disability care and support system reforms proposed by the Productivity Commission (PC). The NIIS will significantly reduce the cost and improve the financial sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The NIIS should commence in the area of motor vehicle accidents, building upon the well-established arrangements in place in some jurisdictions, including schemes that provide no-fault lifetime care and support. Large inequities currently exist across States and Territories, as some states provide no-fault accident cover while others rely on establishing fault to receive compensation.
The Advisory Group called on both the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments to work together to take steps to implement the NIIS. The Advisory Group considers that the following principles should underpin the design of the NIIS to give effect to the PC model.
The NIIS would deliver:
In advancing the design of the NIIS the Commonwealth, States and Territories should: