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When you get down to it, CTP Insurance offers financial protection. It provides cover if you (or someone driving your car) gets into an accident which injures or kills someone else.1
Whenever you’re on the road, there’s always a risk of an accident. Then there’s the chance that you’ll need to pay thousands of dollars in medical costs and lost income should you injure someone else. But with CTP Insurance, these costs will usually be covered by your insurer. Part of the reason it’s mandatory in all states and territories is to make sure the people who get injured on the road can get compensated.2
For people injured in a car accident, CTP Insurance can offer compensation for medical costs, loss of income and compensation for pain and suffering.3
However, the rules surrounding CTP Insurance are also a little different for each state and territory.
Some states, such as Tasmania4 and Victoria5, work on a ‘no fault’ basis. In these states, even if you’re the one who caused the accident, you’ll still be covered for medical costs and rehabilitation if you’re injured.
This isn’t the case with South Australia.
In fact, if you get injured in a car accident that was your fault, you might not be eligible for any compensation. For instance, South Australia’s CTP Insurance scheme does not:6
CTP Insurance will always cover children under 16 years old for medical treatment if they’re injured in a car accident—no matter who was at fault.7
South Australia is one of the states that lets you choose your own CTP policy. There are currently five different insurers—NRMA, AAMI, Allianz, Youi and QBE—who each offer CTP Insurance.8
In the past, CTP Insurance was offered exclusively by the Motor Accident Commission (MAC).9 This all changed in 2016 when new legislation took effect and the government allowed private insurers to start offering CTP.10
Now, insurers can set their own premiums (within limits). This lets them compete with each other over your business.11
So, what does all this mean for you? Basically, different CTP insurers can charge different prices and offer their own benefits. You can now compare the premiums and features that each policy offers.
Let’s be honest, the last thing anyone wants to deal with is extra admin. Buying a car already involves a lot of paperwork. Who wants to add a big insurance kerfuffle on top of that?
Fortunately, when you buy a new car in SA, you’ll automatically have CTP Insurance attached.12 Even better, your premium will be the cheapest one available at the time of registration. However, since different types of vehicles attract different premiums, the price will also be based on your vehicle class.
The same goes for buying used cars. The remaining registration and CTP Insurance for the vehicle gets handed over to you. You’ll also be able to choose a different insurer when you renew the registration.13
In South Australia, CTP Insurance is tied to your registration, which can be renewed for either 3 or 12 months. You can do this a few different ways, including:14
You’ll pay for your CTP Insurance every time you renew your registration. That’s also when you’ll be able to change your CTP insurer. You can do this through your mySAGOV account when your registration is due for renewal or by updating your direct debit details (if you pay by direct debit).15
CTP is the only type of Car Insurance you must get. However, if you want to cover your car for repairs after an accident, or for any damage you cause to someone else’s car or property, then you will need additional Car Insurance.
However, iSelect can help you out if you’re looking for some extra Car Insurance on top of your CTP. You can compare different policies from a range of insurers* with us online. It’s a quick and easy way to find a suitable policy.
1 Government of South Australia - Vehicle Insurance
2 CTP Insurance Regulator - CTP insurance for a brand new vehicle fact sheet
3 CTP Insurance Regulator - How does motor vehicle accident insurance work in South Australia?
4 Motor Accidents Insurance Board - About the MAIB
5 Transport Accident Commission - What is a TAC claim?
6 CTP Insurance Regulator - How does motor vehicle accident insurance work in South Australia?
7 As above
8 CTP Insurance Regulator - CTP Insurers
9 Government of South Australia | Department of Treasury and Finance - Private provision of the Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme
10 CTP Insurance Regulator - CTP Scheme
11 As above
12 CTP Insurance Regulator - Purchasing CTP
13 As above
14 Government of South Australia - Renew vehicle registration
15 CTP Insurance Regulator – Purchasing CTP