CTP insurance in South Australia

Everything you need to know about the MAIS

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Compulsory third party insurance (CTP) insurance is the mandatory type of car insurance that covers injuries on the roads.

It works differently in each state. In South Australia, it’s known as the Motor Accident Injury Assessment Scheme (MAIS).

How the MAIS works

A portion of your car registration fees go towards your CTP insurance. This portion is then paid to one of four different approved insurers. It will either be:

You’ll automatically be assigned to one of them when registering a car, or renewing registration.

If your driving is responsible for a passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or other road-user suffering injury, whichever insurer you’ve been assigned to will pay out, to the injured party.

Conversely, if another motorist is responsible for your injuries, then their automatically assigned insurer will pay a claim to you.

It will not cover injuries to a driver who is entirely at fault for an accident. Generally, it’s only for “victims” and not “culprits.”

How much does it pay out?

MAIS-approved medical practitioners will consider the extent of the injuries, and reach a figure with the insurers. That’s the compensation amount.

It should include necessary medical expenses, future special care costs and appropriate compensation for things like loss of income and general loss.

What if a driver doesn’t have CTP insurance?

It’s included in the registration costs, so a car without CTP insurance in SA is probably driving unregistered too. Traffic cameras can detect this.

If an uninsured driver injures someone, then there compensation may need to come from other schemes, or be paid directly from the at fault driver through a court-order or other processes.

What other cover do I need?

CTP insurance and the MAIS generally doesn’t cover any kind of property or vehicle damage.

For that, you will need additional car insurance. This isn’t mandatory, but is probably a good idea.

See what other kinds of car insurance you can get in SA, and how much it costs.

Need more cover? Try one of these policies...

Name Product Roadside Assistance Accidental Damage Storm Choice of Repairer Agreed or Market Value
Budget Direct Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Awarded the 2021 Finder Award for Car Insurance - Value in QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA and Car Insurance - Features in NSW, VIC, WA, this policy offers solid coverage at a low cost. Budget Direct's claims service has received a 4.2/5 based on nearly 5,000 customer reviews.

⭐ Current offer: Get 15% discount on first year's premium when you take out a policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: People who want a comprehensive policy without breaking the bank.
Coles Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: With Coles comprehensive car insurance, you could earn double flybuys points at Coles supermarkets and you can get $10 off your Coles grocery bill every time you redeem 2,000 Flybuys points. If your car is damaged, you could benefit from a one-week turnaround on repairs.

⭐ Current offer: Get 10% off your first year's premium when you take out a policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Coles customers and Flybuys collectors.
Youi Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Youi Comprehensive Car Insurance is one of the few providers to include roadside assistance in its policy. You'll also get access to YouiRewards which gives you discounts on furniture, parking and more. Youi also has a live chat feature on its site to talk through any questions.

Who it might be good for: People over 25 who want comprehensive cover with a focus on customer service.
QBE Comprehensive
Green Company
QBE Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: QBE is a sustainable insurance company and also Finder's Green Insurer of the Year 2021 award winner. This policy offers the highest level of protection available from QBE including three-year new car replacement.

⭐ Current offer: Save $75 when you purchase a new comprehensive policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Those that are looking for a more environmentally friendly insurance choice.
Qantas Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You'll be able to choose how comprehensive you want your cover to be with optional extras like choice of repairer and the option of agreed or market value.

⭐ Current offer: Earn Qantas Points for joining and paying your premium. Sign up today and earn up to 20,000 Qantas Points (points awarded will be based on your premium). T&Cs and eligibility apply.

Who it might be good for: People who'd like to earn Qantas Points.
Huddle Black Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Huddle's black comprehensive is its cover with highest limits and exclusive benefits. It includes roadside assistance. You can also get up to $2,000 for emergency travel and accommodation and up to $30 million legal liability cover.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a 24/7 claims processing.
ahm Comprehensive
Optional
Both
Finder’s summary: ahm comprehensive car insurance lets you choose higher excess to reduce your premiums. Its Fixed Kilometre Plan can save you up to 30% compared to its standard comprehensive cover.

⭐ Current offer: Sign up for ahm car insurance and you'll enjoy a $50 Visa e-gift card*. Offer ends 30 Jan.

Who it might be good for: People who drive less than 15,000 km per year.
Bingle Comprehensive
Market
Finder's summary:Bingle consistently comes up as one of the cheaper insurers out there. It only covers the basics. You don't get to choose your own repairer, you're not covered for personal items in the car and unless you add it as an option, you won't get a hire car if your car is stolen. But this keeps its premiums low.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a low-cost option that covers them for the basics.
Australia Post Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Australia Post car insurance offers comprehensive cover for things like theft, fire, new for old replacement and emergency accommodation and transport. Cover also extends to anyone who uses your car, not just you.

⭐ Current offer: Get $75 off your first year’s premium when you buy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: If multiple people use the one car and you don’t want to worry about listing all drivers.
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