Insurer RACQ has invited thousands of Queenslanders to register their interest in being a member of Queensland’s first citizens’ jury.
The jury, part of RACQ’s ReThink CTP campaign, will consider how the state’s compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance scheme should be improved after hearing from witnesses, industry experts, stakeholders, and the broader community.
Renee Smith, RACQ spokesperson, said approximately 50 people 16 years and over would be randomly selected to take part in the democratic process to “have their say in shaping Queensland’s motor injury insurance scheme.”
Independent consultants DemocracyCo will run the jury process and select a broad representation of the Queensland population across location, age, and gender.
“The only people not eligible to sit on the jury are those who earn an income from the CTP scheme or have an active claim. This is to deal with the financial conflict of interest,” DemocracyCo’s Emma Fletcher said.
The jury would be meeting over four days and one evening across February and March this year.
“A jury advisory group (JAG) has been formed to help develop the expert witness list who will present information to the jury on a range of areas for consideration, including CTP cover, benefits, cost, and futureproofing,” Fletcher said. “Members of the JAG bring expertise from various backgrounds and include individuals from two of the insurance companies (Suncorp and RACQ), two local law firms (Shine and Kare), the Australian Physiotherapy Association and actuaries Finity Consulting. A representative from PWC, the probity auditors for the jury process, will attend each meeting.”