How to Apply

Severe Injury Advice form

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The Lifetime Care and Support Commissioner would like to be advised of a person's severe injuries as soon as possible after the motor accident using the Severe Injury Advice form.

The Severe Injury Advice Form includes a medical certificate that should be completed by the treating doctor following the motor vehicle injury. This is to confirm that the injuries are likely to meet the eligibility criteria for entry to the Scheme. The Commissioner asks that health professionals assist people with this process when required.

If the circumstances of the accident and the injuries appear to meet the eligibility requirements for the Scheme the Commissioner will appoint a Lifetime Care and Support Authority Coordinator (LTCS Coordinator) who will assist the injured person to apply to the Scheme.

Application form

A coordinator may also be appointed to meet with the injured person to find out more information about the circumstances of the accident and to liaise with the treating health team, about their injuries.

Treatment, rehabilitation and care services can only be paid for by the Lifetime Care and Support Commissioner when the person has been accepted as a participant of the Scheme. To be accepted into the Scheme you must complete an Interim Application Form.

The Application Form includes a medical certificate that needs to be completed by the treating doctor. This is to provide information about the severity of your injuries in relation to the injury criteria for entry to the Scheme.

The Commissioner may need to gather further information, including information from the police and investigate the accident before a decision can be made.

Acceptance into the Scheme

After receiving your application, the Commissioner will write to you to advise whether you have been accepted into the Scheme as an interim participant. An interim participant is a person who has been accepted into the Scheme on a temporary basis while their injuries are still improving.

As an interim participant you will have the cost of your treatment, rehabilitation and care paid for up to two years. Approaching the end of the two years you will be assessed for lifetime participation. If you are eligible for lifetime participation you will receive the treatment, rehabilitation and care you need for the rest of your life.

If you do not agree with the Commissioner's decision about eligibility for the Scheme you can dispute that decision. The Lifetime Care and Support Guidelines set out the process for disputing a decision.

If you were injured in a motor accident that was caused by the fault of another driver, you may be eligible for compensation for economic and non-economic loss under the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme and a claim should be made against the insurer of the driver at fault. The Application Form for participation in the Lifetime Care & Support Scheme is separate to a Personal Injury Claim for CTP insurance.

For more information on making a Compulsory Third Party claim contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.