$44.8m in compensation paid out – Tuinaceva

Opposition MP Naisa Tuinaceva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A total of $44.8 million in compensation has been paid under the no fault scheme since January 1, 2018, of which $30.3 million was for motor vehicles accidents, $13.5m for employment accidents and $500,000 for school accidents.

Opposition parliamentarian Naisa Tuinaceva said this in Parliament on Monday during debate on the ‘Review Report of the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji (ACCF) 2018 Annual Report’ which was tabled on August 29, 2022.

He said the introduction of the Accident Compensation Act 2017 and regulations brought about the most significant transformation in the history of Fiji in terms of external compensation.

“We can see that this is a big thing for Fiji as Fiji now under the scheme is operating just like the way they are doing in New Zealand or Australia in terms of our benchmark,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

“Family members no longer have to establish the fault or pursue the costly and protracted legal claims for compensation.

“So the scheme also removes a number of unreasonable exclusions that existed under the old law so it is far much more easier now to receive compensation for motor vehicle and school accidents where there is no fee to pay.”

He said the ACCF collaborated with key stakeholders to ensure victims and families of victims received the best service to obtain compensation under the no fault scheme.

The ACCF was established under the Accident Compensation Act 2017.

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