INSURING YOUR CAR
What does CTP cover?
21 May 2021
Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurance, also known as Green Slip in New South Wales, provides cover for people who may be injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident involving your vehicle. This may include the driver of your vehicle, other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. It doesn’t cover the cost of damage to vehicles and property, nor does it cover damage to — or loss of — your own vehicle.
It’s compulsory in New South Wales to have your Green Slip before you register or renew your vehicle’s registration. You can get your Green Slip from licenced insurers in the NSW CTP scheme, including GIO.
What is covered by CTP Insurance?
The following are covered by CTP Insurance in NSW:
- Your liability for injuries caused to third parties in a motor vehicle accident.
- The liability of other people who drive your vehicle for injuries caused to third parties in a motor vehicle accident.
- Medical treatment and expenses.
- Payment for lost income.
Anyone injured in an accident, regardless of fault (unless you’re charged with a serious driving offence in connection with the accident) can claim for medical expenses and lost income.
Medical expenses are for up to twelve months of treatment and rehabilitation, plus commercial attendant care if you need help around the home while you recover. You can also claim a percentage of your pre-injury weekly income if you need time off work to recover.
If you are not mostly at fault, and if you have more than a minor injury, you can claim benefits for longer than the twelve months.
What's not covered by CTP Insurance:
Damage to your vehicle and damage to other people's vehicles or property aren’t covered by CTP Insurance.
For example, if you’re at fault in a car collision and cause damage to someone else’s car and your own, you may be responsible for the costs of repairing or replacing the other person’s car — as well as your own.
Meet Maria. She was on her way to work when BAM! Another car smashed into hers.
Maria is shocked and confused…she’s never been in an accident before. Would you know what you might do if you had a car accident?
First, depending on the type of accident, if appropriate, make sure everyone is safe and out of harm’s way. Then turn off your engine and switch on your hazard lights.
Try and prevent further loss, damage, or liability.
In an emergency, call triple zero for ambulance and police assistance, especially if someone’s injured, there’s major damage, or the road is blocked.
Try to keep your emotions in check and focus on exchanging details with the other driver, like name, address, phone number, registration number, and insurance details.
It’s also useful to note the date, time and location of the accident, and take a few photos of the scene and any damaged vehicles including any debris, providing it is safe to do so.
If you have car insurance, you’ll also need to report the accident to your insurer. Try to contact them as soon as possible so the details are fresh in your mind.
Plus, the sooner you commence the claims process, the sooner we can get you back on the road!
Car accidents occur unexpectedly, which is why knowing what to do in advance and having a simple process in place can help you confidently deal with the situation.
With GIO, you know that help with your car is just a phone call away… speak to one of our knowledgeable insurance specialists today.
Does it matter what state you live in?
How you get CTP varies depending on the state. For example, Victorian, Tasmanian, Western Australian, and Northern Territory motorists pay for their CTP and registration together, without having to choose a provider or make a separate payment. In South Australia, you choose an insurer when paying your registration.
In Queensland, CTP is attached to the registration of your vehicle. You can change your CTP insurer when you renew your registration. You can nominate to switch to a different insurer at any time, but the change won’t take effect until your next registration renewal.
In the Australian Capital Territory you have to select your Motor Accident Injuries (MAI) Insurance provider when completing your vehicle registration with Access Canberra.
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Insurance issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as GIO. Read the Product Disclosure Statement before buying Car Insurance. This advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situations or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.