The government will be launching a national policy on auto insurance next week, a move the industry says will make the industry more transparent.
Key points:The Federal Government has set up an “insurance inquiry” into the industry to address the issueThe Federal Insurance Commission has been tasked with setting the framework for a national insurance policyThe Government will launch a policy for the sector in the next two weeksMr Andrews has told the ABC the Government will provide information to the industry about the policy, which will be “very similar to an insurance policy” but it will not be an “asset manager” policy.
The Federal government will set up a “insuring inquiry” to examine the industry and develop a framework for an insurance scheme, he said.
“The Federal Insurers and Vehicle Industry Association will assist the Government in this process and will provide further detail on the scope of the inquiry,” Mr Andrews said.
The ABC has been told the inquiry will include the industry’s submission to the Commonwealths Insurance Act that a national automotive insurance policy was needed.
“We’ve already heard from many of our members, and we’ve heard from others in the industry that it’s a very big issue and that it is something that needs to be addressed,” Mr Peters said.
He said he was pleased the Government had given the industry a chance to present a response.
“It’s a great step forward and I hope that this will be a good step forward,” Mr Pascoe said.
Industry to respond to inquiryThe Federal Motor Vehicle Association said it was supportive of the Government’s decision.
“Industry is confident that the Inquiry will provide the industry with the most accurate and transparent information possible, and that the information will be available for the industry as soon as it is made available to the public,” a spokesman said.
The Federal Road Safety Association also said it supported the inquiry.
“All the information that we are seeking from the inquiry, including industry submissions, will be made available for public inspection,” Mr Saini said.
Federal Road Safety Council director Mark Sayer said the inquiry would be a “great start” to addressing the issue.
“I think the industry has got to step up to the plate and we have got to provide a clear and concise outline of the industry response,” he said in a statement.
Mr Andrews said the Government was also looking at the possibility of establishing a national vehicle insurance scheme for the “state and territory”.
“I’m sure we’ll do our best to deliver on this, but I don’t think that will be the best approach,” he told the program.