About the MAIB What is the MAIB?

What is the MAIB?

Benefits

Benefits

The following types of compensation are available to eligible drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and other road users. No fault benefits are paid on accepted claims, irrespective of who caused the motor accident and may include the payment of:

  • Reasonable medical and hospital costs including the services of doctors and health professionals;
  • Rehabilitation expenses;
  • Long term care for the seriously injured;
  • Disability allowance (for people in paid employment who are unable to work); and
  • In the case of fatal injuries, funeral expenses and dependency benefits (where applicable).

Where personal injury is caused by a motorists negligence, common law damages are payable to the full extent allowed in Tasmania.

Care for seriously injured

Care and support for the seriously injured

Care for the seriously injured

“Daily care” claimants (those who require at least two hours of care per day for an indefinite period) are not subject to any monetary limit for their ongoing expenses for care, rehabilitation and treatment. Damages are not awarded for future care costs in these circumstances, therefore, a person may receive an award for pain and suffering, however, their future care and medical costs continue to be paid by the MAIB.

Purpose built group residences for the seriously injured are available in Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone. One of the objectives of the program is to foster the independence of residents. To support this objective, ‘transitional’ units have been constructed on existing complexes.  This allows a person who is progressing towards independence the opportunity to do so in a supportive environment prior to moving back into the community.

The facilities also provide a valuable role in filling a gap which often exists when people are ready for discharge from hospital but renovations to their own home may not have taken place or been completed. Savings are made by being able to have the person discharged from hospital and at the same time, home renovation can take place in an orderly manner in an appropriate timeframe.

The management of these facilities has been outsourced to Anglicare Tasmania.

Return to work initiative

Employment opportunities for claimants who have suffered a severe injury are vigorously pursued in a joint effort between the MAIB’s Claims Team and rehabilitation providers. With the assistance of specialist rehabilitation providers, several claimants have been placed in paid, supported or voluntary employment.

The MAIB also assists with funding for any minor workplace modifications or adaptive equipment to assist the claimant to adequately fulfil their employment role in a safe and effective manner.

Publications

The following legislation is available at the Tasmanian Legislation website:

  • Motor Accidents (Liabilities and Compensation) Act 1973
  • Motor Accidents (Liabilities and Compensation) Regulations 2010