No-fault compensation in New Zealand, the Woodhouse report and statutory reforms to civil liability motivated consideration of no-fault schemes in Australia. In 2011, the Productivity Commission recommended adoption of a National Injury Insurance Scheme. Since 2016, the NDIS has developed nationally, followed by variations of the NIIS for motor vehicle and workplace accidents. Compensation for injuries outside the NIIS (eg medical negligence), or general damages or economic loss must be recovered through compulsory third-party claims or common law. For those cases, an attractive compromise between the common law and no-fault compensation exists in Menyawi’s ‘public tort liability’.
Mark R Forwood, Whither no-fault schemes in Australia: Have we closed the care and compensation gap?, Alternative Law Journal. First Published August 16, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X18787552.