Who is State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)?

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is the NSW government organisation responsible for the regulatory functions in relation to workers compensation insurance, motor accidents compulsory third party (CTP) insurance and home building compensation. SIRA focusses on ensuring key public policy outcomes are achieved in relation to service delivery to injured people, affordability, and the effective management and sustainability of these insurance schemes. SIRA regulates the NSW motor accidents insurance scheme, a privately underwritten compulsory third party personal injury insurance scheme. It monitors insurer performance, supports injury prevention and road safety initiatives and provides an independent dispute resolution service.

SIRA was established in September 2015 as part of the NSW Government’s workers compensation reform package which saw the creation of three new organisations which included icare and SafeWork NSW to replace the insurance and regulatory functions of WorkCover NSW.

SIRA adopts a partnership approach to meet its legislative mandate to provide funding for injury prevention, injury minimisation and road safety education. These are funded by the regulator, through a levy on policies. This partnership involves close collaboration with Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety and SafeWorkNSW as well as other stakeholders with an interest in road safety and injury prevention. SIRA’s strategic approach uses the available evidence to deliver initiatives targeting the greatest risks to the CTP Scheme.

Supporting actions delivered by SIRA

  • Core Funder of NRSPP 2015 to present in conjunction with NSW Department of Transport
  • Steering Committee and Governance Board Partner from 2015 to present
  • Grey Fleet Working Group Partner, 2017
    • As part of the working group joined the NRSPP QBE Insurance Box Grey Fleet Trial 2017.
  • SIRA sponsored and co-organiser of NRSPP’s symposium at the Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC) 2018 “Towards Zero: Making it Happen!” held in Sydney. The  was symposium titled:
  • Suicide in Road Transport National Working Group Partner and host of final workshop scheduled for 11 February 2021.

NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)'s Contributions to the NRSPP & Points of Contact

  • Amy JohnsonManager, Research and Evidence Translation

    SIRA has attended all NRSPP Steering Committee (SC) and Governance Board (GB) meetings since they became a Core Funder in 2015. SIRA has been a strong contributor and supporter of NRSPP since they joined as a Core Funder in 2015.

    In Recognition of SIRA NRSPP Representatives:

    • David Andrews was SIRA representative from 2015 to the start of 2020 before retiring. David is recognised for his passionate and curious engagement and also a true gentlemen. NRSPP wishes David all the best in his retirement.
    • Amy Johnson took over from David in 2020 and come to the role with a similar zest during a strange period of lockdown and disruption as a result of COVID-19.

    NRSPP Steering Committee Partner 2015 to present

  • Amy JohnsonManager, Research and Evidence Translation

    SIRA was established in September 2015 as part of the NSW Government’s workers compensation reform package which saw the creation of three new organisations which included icare and SafeWork NSW to replace the insurance and regulatory functions of WorkCover NSW.

    Since SIRA’s establishment in 2015 it has been a Core Funder of NRSPP in conjunction with the NSW Department for Transport.

    Amy Johnson is the current SIRA representative

    NRSPP Core Funder: 2015 to present

  • David Andrews - retiredSenior Advisor Research and Grants

    SIRA through David  Andrews joined the NRSPP Grey Fleet Working Group. He attended the NSW Workshop hosted by Vodafone to help provide input from the regulator but also as an employer who has grey fleet on the development of a practical guide.

    SIRA was also a partner in the QBE Insurance Box Grey Fleet trial supplying 50 vehicles. This trial was the seed that went on to become a broader trial, in partnership with the NSW Centre for Road Safety, which explored the potential for telematics to improve the safety of young drivers.

    The trial ran from July 2018 to March 2019 with more than 700 young drivers participating in the study.  Drivers had a telematics device installed in their car, which collected data on the vehicle’s acceleration, speed and braking in real time.

    NRSPP Guide: Grey Fleet Safety Management

  • Amy JohnsonManager, Research and Evidence Translation

    SIRA is a partner of the Suicide in Road Transport (SiRT) National Working Group (NWG). SIRA’s involvement has been extremely active and supportive and includes:

    • Attendance of the Stage 1: Workshop held in Melbourne  1 November 2017
    • Active input to all meetings and guidance in finalising stage 1 literature review and a report which provided recommendations for next steps.
    • Attendance of the Stage 2: Project inception workshop on the 30 August for commencement of the national project funded by Austroads and delivered by NRSPP.
    • Commitment to host the closing SiRT NWG all stream workshop scheduled for 11 February, 2021 in Sydney.