Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct
Suncorp Metway Insurance Ltd ABN 83 075 695 966 ("SMIL") is a signatory to the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct ("the Code").
This code is intended to promote transparent, informed, effective and co-operative relationships between Repairers and SMIL based on mutual respect and open communication.
SMIL and Repairers agree to observe high standards of honesty, integrity and good faith in conducting their business with each other and in the provision of services to claimants.
SMIL provide an efficient, accessible and transparent internal dispute resolution ("IDR") process for issues arising between individual Repairers and SMIL.
SMIL and Repairers agree they have a responsibility to ensure vehicle repairs are authorised and carried out in a professional manner and to ensure safety, structural integrity, presentation and utility of the vehicle are restored. For more information, please refer to the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct website.
Below are the general processes to follow if you are a Repairer and have a dispute that has been unable to be resolved through discussion with your assessor:
- Repair Dispute Resolution: If you have a dispute under Section 10 of the Code for a matter that has arisen prior to the commencement or completion of repair, please notify your SMIL Complaint Contact (your Regional Manager). You will need to provide to your SMIL Complaint Contact full details of the dispute, supporting evidence of the concern and the redress being sought. A determination will then be reached by your SMIL Complaint Contact within two (2) business days.
- Dispute Resolution Process: If you have a dispute under Section 11 of the Code in relation to a matter that has arisen under clauses 4 to 9 of the Code or for disputes relating to a contractual arrangement, please notify your SMIL Complaint Contact (Regional Manager) that you wish to proceed through the IDR process. Your complaint will be acknowledged in five (5) business days and a determination will be reached within a further ten (10) business days (unless otherwise agreed to by both parties). If you disagree with the outcome of the IDR, you can elevate the dispute to the External Dispute Resolution Process ("EDR") through the Code Administration Committee. For extra information regarding EDR, please refer to the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct website.
For full details of the Repair Dispute Resolution or Dispute Resolution Process, please refer to the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct website.