Stab in the dark workcover NSW comp reforms exposed

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As published on Mr David Shoebridge MLC website, the NSW Government has revealed it has no idea how many injured workers will be forced out of the NSW compensation scheme following the brutal benefit cuts made in June this year. “This Government’s proven financial incompetence strikes again, and once more the people of NSW are paying the price” Mr Shoebridge said.

Stab in the dark compo reforms exposed

In answers to questions on notice in Budget Estimates, the NSW Government has revealed it has no idea how many injured workers will be forced out of the NSW compensation scheme following the brutal benefit cuts made in June this year.

Questions and Answers from Budget Estimates

5a. What are the current projections for the number of injured workers in receipt of Medical expenses as at 30/6/13?
Answer: This information is not yet available.

5b. What are the current projections for the number of injured workers in receipt of weekly payments as at 30/6/13?
Answer: This information is not yet available.

6. How do the numbers in 5a and 5b differ from those in 30/07/12?
Answer: This information is not yet available.

7. How have return to work rates for the scheme changes over each of the Financial Years from 2002-2012?
Answer: I am advised that the Return to Work Rates have been relatively stable over that period.

8. What are the projected return to work rates for the 2013 Financial Year?
Answer: This information is not yet available.

Media comment by Greens NSW Industrial Relations spokesperson David Shoebridge:

“When asked the projected number of workers thrown out of the compo scheme due to the recent amendments, the Government had no answer.

“They also had no answer to how many workers would lose medical benefits and how many were projected to return to work as a result of the benefit cuts.

“They claimed these reforms would help injured workers return to work, yet when asked for evidence of this they have no answer.

“When asked what the projected return to work rates will be under the scheme in less than 12 months time, the Minister admitted this information was not available.

“The most obvious reason why they do not have projections for how many workers will be thrown off the scheme is that they do not want to know.

“The brutal cuts will do nothing to get injured workers back safely to work, and are set to leave thousands living below the poverty line.

“The changes made by the O’Farrell Government are hitting injured workers hard, and the Government cannot even be bothered to track the effect of their cuts.

“This Government’s proven financial incompetence strikes again, and once more the people of NSW are paying the price” Mr Shoebridge said.

 

http://davidshoebridge.org.au/2012/11/02/stab-in-the-dark-compo-reforms-exposed/

 

 

2 Responses to “Stab in the dark workcover NSW comp reforms exposed”

  1. As an injured worker in NSW facing the inevitable (being thrown off Workers Comp benefits) I think it is time to state the bleeding obvious, NSW does not have workers compensation. Tell everyone because the shameful acts of this government need to be exposed. It may seem an overreaction but this needs to be reported to the UN as it is also a breach of their rules, when the retrospective attacks start in January maybe we should consider it.

    • +1 Australia is spending taxpayers’ billions every year to help developing countries and do wars all around the world but our greedy and incompetent administrators forgot to look at OUR basic RIGHTS!

      We should expose the corrupted system at the UN!