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1 December 2017 to 30 September 2019
Why does SIRA publish insurer data?
As part of its regulatory oversight, SIRA monitors insurers’ performance through data-gathering and analysis. SIRA helps to hold insurers accountable by being transparent with this data, enabling scheme stakeholders and the wider public to have informed discussions about the performance of the industry. Additionally, access to insurers’ data will help customers make meaningful comparisons between insurers when purchasing CTP insurance. People injured in motor accidents may also benefit from knowing what to expect from the insurer managing their claim.
In this report, SIRA compares six key indicators of customer experience from 1 Dec 2017 to 30 September 2019 across the five CTP insurers in NSW: AAMI, Allianz, GIO, NRMA and QBE.
The following evidence-based indicators measure insurer performance over the course of a claim journey:
- the number of statutory benefits claims accepted by insurers
- how quickly insurers pay statutory benefits
- the outcome of claim decisions reviewed by insurers through the insurer’s internal review unit
- the outcome and number of claims referred to the Dispute Resolution Service
- the number and type of compliments and complaints received by SIRA about insurers
- the number and type of issues escalated to SIRA’s Compliance, Experience and Investigations team.
The CTP Insurer Claims Experience and Customer Feedback Comparison results are published each quarter. Future publications will benefit as SIRA continues to improve and expand its data collection and reporting capability.
How many claims (statutory benefit claims) did insurers accept?
Insurers accepted most claims from injured people and their families.
Total claims accepted 98.2% (19,031)
|Insurer||Number of claims||Percentage of claims accepted|
Why were claims declined?
- late claim lodgement (more than 90 days after the accident), and
- provision of insufficient information to the insurer.
Reasons why claims were declined
|Insurer||Late claim (lodged >90 days after accident)||Insufficient information provided to insurer||Claim did not involve a motor vehicle accident||Claim involved an uninsured, unregistered or unidentified vehicle||Claim related to a serious driving offence||Other**||Total|
How long did it take to receive treatment and care benefits?
|Insurer||Percentage of claims paid as part of the ‘pre-claim support’ category||Percentage of claims paid from 0-4 weeks after formally lodging a claim||Percentage of claims paid from 5-13 weeks after formally lodging a claim||Percentage of claims paid from 14-26 weeks after formally lodging a claim||Percentage of claims paid from 26 weeks after formally lodging a claim||Number of claims|
*To date, of the 19,031 total accepted statutory benefits claims, 15,919 had a treatment and care payment.
How quickly have insurers paid income support to customers after motor accidents?
|Insurer||Percentage of claims which receive income support from 0-4 weeks after lodgement||Percentage of claims which receive income support from 5-13 weeks after lodgement||Percentage of claims which receive income support from 14-26 weeks after lodgement||Percentage of claims which receive income support more than 26 weeks after lodging a claim||Number of claims|
*To date, of the 19,031 total statutory benefit claims, 6,467 had payments for loss of income.
What happened when customers disagreed with the insurer’s decision?
- the request was submitted late and the customer did not respond to requests for reasons why it was submitted late, and
- the insurer determined it did not have the jurisdiction to conduct an internal review of that decision.
|Insurer||Number of internal reviews||Percentage of determined internal reviews||Percentage of in progress internal reviews||Percentage of declined internal reviews||Percentage of withdrawn internal reviews||Internal reviews per 100,000 greenslips*|
|Type of internal review||Better outcome for customer||Lower outcome for customer||Same outcome for customer|
|Amount of weekly payments||55%||8%||37%|
|Is the injured person mostly at fault||21%||0%||79%|
|Treatment and care reasonable & necessary||36%||1%||63%|
|Other review types||34%||0%||66%|
- Total resolved views 3,203
- Same outcome for customer 74%
- Better outcome for customer 25%
- Lower outcome for customer 1%
If customers are dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal review, they can submit their claim to SIRA’s Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) via SIRA’s website. An independent DRS decision maker will reconsider the internal reviewer’s determination.
*The number of internal review requests received by insurers depends on how many customers they have. Insurers with more customers will receive more requests for internal reviews, and vice versa. By measuring insurer internal reviews per 100,000 greenslips sold, the regulator can compare insurers’ performance regardless of how many customers they have.
What if customers still disagreed with the reviewed decision by insurer?
If the customer continues to have a dispute with the insurer about their claim after the insurer internal review, customers may apply to the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) for an independent determination of the dispute. Most applications would be required to undergo an internal review by the insurer prior to applying to DRS, but not always.
DRS can assist in resolving your dispute in one of two ways:
- Facilitate the understanding of issues in dispute between insurer and customer.
- Arrange an independent and binding decision by an expert decision-maker.
Sometimes DRS applications can be:
- Declined by DRS if they are submitted outside the timeframes set by the legislation or the matter is outside the jurisdiction of DRS,
- Withdrawn by the customer, or
- Settled between the customer and insurer outside the DRS formal process.
Dispute resolution cases by insurer and status (%)
|Insurer||Number of DRS reviews||Percentage of determined DRS reviews||Percentage of DRS reviews in progress||Percentage of declined DRS reviews||Percentage of settled/withdrawn DRS reviews||Other**||DRS disputes per 100,000 greenslips*|
Outcomes of resolved DRS reviews
|Type of internal review||Better outcome for customer||Lower outcome for customer||Same outcome for the claimant||Exempted from claim assessment***|
|Treatment and care||43%||2%||55%||0%|
|Is injured person mostly at fault||71%||1%||28%||0%|
|Amount of weekly payments||43%||0%||57%||0%|
|Other review types||35%||2%||57%||7%|
There were 1,066 determined reviews, 64% with the same outcome for the customer, 34% with a better outcome for the customer, 1% with a lower outcome for the customer and 1% of claims were exempted from claim assessment. Some matters will be exempted from assessments by the Dispute Resolution Service and permitted to proceed straight to Court.
*The number of dispute resolution cases received by DRS depends on how many customers individual insurers have. Insurers with more customers will have more requests for dispute reviews, and vice versa. By measuring dispute resolution cases per 100,000 greenslips sold, the regulator can compare insurers’ performance regardless of how many customers they have.
**Open in error, invalid or dismissed disputes.
***Some matters will be exempted from assessment by the Dispute Resolution Service and permitted to proceed straight to Court.
Compliments and complaints
How SIRA handles complaints
Snapshot of resolved complaints process
Any customers dissatisfied with SIRA’s handling of their complaint can contact the NSW Ombudsman.
This information was collected from 1 January 2019 to 30 September 2019.
* Where SIRA reviews a complaint and provides an outcome.
How many compliments and complaints about insurers did SIRA receive?
|Insurer||Compliments||Compliments per 100,000 greenslips*|
|Insurer||Complaints||Complaints per 100,000 greenslips*|
|Who made the complaint||Number of complaints|
This information was collected from 1 January 2019 to 30 September 2019.
* The number of compliments and complaints insurers receive depends on how many customers they have. Insurers with more customers will receive more compliments and complaints, and vice versa. By measuring compliments and complaints per 100,000 greenslips sold, the regulator can compare insurers’ performance regardless of how many customers they have.
**The “Other” category are complaints predominantly by SIRA staff for calls to insurers which for various reasons take an unnecessary long time to action.
What were the complaints about?
|Complaint type||AAMI||ALLIANZ||GIO||NRMA||QBE||ALL INSURER RELATED COMPLAINTS|
|Claims - Decisions||29%||38%||38%||31%||23%||31%|
|Claims - Delays||18%||23%||21%||38%||29%||30%|
|Claims - Management||8%||11%||15%||10%||9%||11%|
|Claims - Service||29%||23%||19%||16%||28%||21%|
|Claims - Other||0%||0%||3%||5%||5%||3%|
|Policy - Purchasing||16%||5%||4%||0%||6%||4%|
Compliance, Enforcement and Investigations (CE&I)
SIRA has continued to improve its strategies in detecting and responding to breaches of the Motor Accident legislation and guidelines. SIRA works closely with law enforcement agencies and other regulatory bodies to ensure appropriate strategies are in place to minimise risks to the CTP scheme.
The CE&I team undertakes a risk-based approach to its investigations by taking into consideration the risk and harm to the scheme, claimants and policy holders and carries out appropriate regulatory enforcement action on a case by case basis.
High level approach is summarised as follows:
For more information about how SIRA approaches its compliance and enforcement activities, please refer to SIRA’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
During January to September 2019, 29 matters were referred to the CE&I team for investigation into alleged insurer breaches of their obligations under the legislation and guidelines. A total of 22 matters were finalised during this period, which includes matters received prior to January 2019.
|Insurer||Completed investigations||Regulatory Action|
|ALLIANZ||4||1 Letter of censure|
|NRMA||11||2 Notice of non-compliance|
|QBE||4||1 Notice of non-compliance|
Of those matters where an insurer breach was substantiated, the following issues were identified, and insurers subsequently notified:
- Failure to determine or late determination of liability in accordance with timeframes prescribed by the Act and Guidelines;
- Failure to respond or late response to a treatment, rehabilitation and care request by the claimant or their representative;
- Inappropriate management of CTP claims.
The other matters finalised during this period were determined to be insurer practice issues of a minor nature and they have been referred to the SIRA insurer supervision unit for insurer educative action.
|Accepted claims||The total number of statutory benefit claims where liability was not declined during the first 26 weeks of the benefit entitlement period.|
|Acceptance rate||The percentage of statutory benefit claims where liability was not declined during the first 26 weeks of the benefit entitlement period. It is the total count of statutory benefit claims lodged, less declined claims, divided by total statutory benefit claims.|
|Claim||A claim for treatment and care or loss of income regardless of fault under the Act. It excludes early notifications (before a full claim is lodged), as well as interstate, workers compensation and compensation to relatives claims.|
|Complaint||An expression of dissatisfaction made to or about an organisation and related to its products, services, staff or the handling of a complaint, where a response or resolution is explicitly or implicitly expected or legally required.|
|Complaints received||The number of complaints that have been received in the time period.|
|Compliment||An expression of praise.|
|Declined claims||The total number of statutory benefit claims where the liability is rejected during the first 26 weeks of the benefit entitlement period.|
|Determined DRS dispute||A dispute which has been through the DRS process and of which a decision has been made.|
|Dispute Resolution Service (DRS)||A service established under Division 7 of the Act to provide a timely, independent, fair and cost effective system for the resolution of disputes.|
|Income support payments||Weekly payments to an earner who is injured as a result of a motor accident, and sustains a total or partial loss of earnings as a result of the injury.|
|Insurer||An insurer holding an in-force licence granted under Division 9.1 of the Act.|
|Internal review||When requested by a person, the insurer conducts an internal review of decisions made and notifies the person of the result of the review, usually within 14 days of the request.|
|Internal review types|
|Payments||Payment types may include income support payments, treatment, care, home/vehicle modifications or rehabilitation.|
|Referrals to Compliance, Enforcement and Investigation (CE&I)||Where a potential breach of guidelines or legislation is detected through the management of a complaint in accordance with the SIRA compliance and enforcement policy.|
|Service start date||The date when treatment or care services are accessed for the first time.|
|Total number of policies||This figure represents the total (annual) number of policies written under the new CTP scheme with a commencement date during the reporting period. The measure represents the count of all policies, across all regions in NSW.|
About the data in this publication
- a delay between claim records being captured in insurer system and data being submitted and processed in the UCD
- claim records submitted by the insurer being blocked by data validation rules in the UCD because of data quality issues.