It has come to our attention that the Victorian Government has introduced a new bill into parliament with the intention to consolidate the current law governing a Victorian worker’s entitlements to workcover compensation, into a single Act that is simpler and easier to use.
New WorkCover Victoria laws introduced into Parliament
For the time being, (injured) workers are required to comply with the provisions in the Accident Compensation Act 1985 as well as the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993.
As many of you many be aware, both Acts have been extensively amended by our Victorian parliament at various times, and many of the provisions are extremely complex, difficult to follow and difficult to understand. Some sections have become completely unnecessary and obsolete.
Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013 (the Bill)
The new Victorian Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013 aims to simplify the current system of compensation for workers and to (better) streamline the application and claims process.
This (new) Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013 (the Bill) was introduced into the Victorian Parliament on 18 September 2013 and second read on 19 September 2013. If the Bill becomes law, it is expected to become operational on 1 July 2014. In other words, The Bill is currently being considered by Parliament and not passed as yet.
According to WorkSafe Victoria’s website, The Bill honours the Victorian Government’s election commitment to recast the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993 into a single Act that is simpler and easier to use.
The Bill can be found on the Parliament of Victoria website.
The Bill delivers on the Government’s commitment to reduce the regulatory burden associated with workers compensation legislation. It will make it easier for employers and workers to use the legislation and understand their rights, obligations and responsibilities (so we hope!).
WorkSafe Vic has prepared 2 comparison tables which list the clauses in the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993, and the equivalent clauses in the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013.
The tables can be found here:
- Accident Compensation Act 1985 comparison table
- Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993 comparison table
[Post dictated by WCV and manually transcribed on behalf of workcovervictim]