The Lifetime Support Authority (LSA) delivers the South Australian Government’s Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS) which funds necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support for people who sustain serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident on South Australian (SA) roads, regardless of fault.
The LSS funds a level of care that was not available to all seriously injured road users prior to 1 July 2014. People who sustained serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident prior to 1 July 2014 did not qualify for compensation, unless another party was responsible for the collision. Where another party was involved, blame was often shared, meaning compensation provided by an insurer may be reduced.
The LSS is funded by the LSS Fund Levy that is paid whenever a motor vehicle owner registers a motor vehicle in SA. The LSA seeks advice for an independent actuary annually to calculate the costs required to fully fund the services provided to people eligible for the LSS in that year. Once this cost has been determined the rates are published in the South Australian Government Gazette.
LSS Fund Levy Schedule
Annually, the LSA seeks advice from an independent actuary about the amount required to fully fund the costs of providing lifetime support and services to people eligible for the LSS in that year.
All persons who apply for any of the following criteria under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959 are required to pay the LSS Levy for that particular financial year:
- the registration of a motor vehicle
- an exemption from registration in respect of a motor vehicle
- a permit in respect of a motor vehicle
The LSS Fund Levy Schedule is published each year in the South Australian Government Gazette.