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who have accessed health services delivered by workers whose practice does not meet the national minimum standards of conduct and practice.
This bill represents the culmination of significant work over almost a decade by many people. I would like to take the opportunity to express my thanks to all those who have contributed to the development of this bill, including the Health Services Commissioner, the Health Care Consumers Association, staff across the ACT public service—particularly in the ACT Health Directorate and the Chief Minister’s directorate—and, of course, our industrial partners. I also want to thank my own office, who have worked diligently to bring everyone together and to ensure that we could get to this point.
This bill will protect the community, align the ACT with other jurisdictions and ensure that Canberrans can have greater confidence in the health services they receive. I commend the bill to the Assembly and welcome members’ support for this legislation.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Motor Accident Injuries Amendment Bill 2023
Debate resumed from 9 February 2023, on motion by Mr Steel:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.31): The Motor Accident Injuries Amendment Bill 2023 aims to improve the MAI Commission’s operational capacity by granting it regulatory tools to impose financial penalties against non-compliant insurers. It also contains technical amendments to the act to clarify legislative provisions and their implementation.
As the minister would be aware, the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2019 established the Motor Accident Injuries Scheme, a hybrid defined-benefits, common-law scheme providing compensation in the form of treatment, care and lost income benefits for a period of up to five years for individuals involved in a motor vehicle accident.
It replaced its predecessor, the Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme, which only covered individuals injured by a third-party at-fault driver. It established the MAI Commission, headed by a commissioner who is responsible for reviewing premiums, regulating insurer licences, monitoring compliance, monitoring the scheme itself and managing complaints about market practices.
There are currently four licensed insurers in the ACT who provide MAI compensation: GIO, NRMA, AAMI and APIA. Premiums are paid via fees to Access Canberra for vehicle registration. The purpose of this current bill is to increase the