The National Injury Insurance Scheme, Queensland (NIISQ) funds necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support for people who have sustained an eligible serious personal injury in a motor vehicle accident in Queensland, on or after 1 July 2016.
NIISQ is a no-fault Scheme, meaning necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support can be funded regardless of who was at fault in the accident. The injured person must also meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Act 2016 (the NIISQ Act) and the National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Regulation 2016 (the Regulation).
In line with the NIISQ Act, an eligible serious personal injury includes:
- Permanent spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Multiple or high-level limb amputations
- Permanent injury to the brachial plexus
- Severe burns, and
- Permanent blindness caused by trauma.
Under the NIISQ Act, the NIISQ Agency may fund necessary treatment, care and support for eligible participants with the above stated serious personal injuries.
This includes funding the provision of services for:
- Medical and pharmaceutical treatment
- Dental treatment
- Aids and appliances
- Respite care
- Educational and vocational training
- Home and transport modifications
- Attendant care and support, and
- Ambulance transportation.
Once someone is accepted into NIISQ, they enter as an interim participant and will receive funding for necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support related to their motor vehicle accident injuries for the next two years.
Towards the end of those two years, the interim participant’s recovery is assessed to determine whether they can leave the Scheme as a result of their recovery, or if they are eligible to continue to receive necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support for the rest of their life.
Different eligibility criteria may apply for participants aged under 18 years.
Last updated: September 2022