Another grossly biased Comcare article hits the news

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According to news.com.au, stressed and depressed public servants lodged so many workers’ compensation claims in the past year that they blew a financial hole in Comcare, the national insurance scheme. Oh really! LMAO!

Another grossly biased Comcare article hits the news

Public servants claims hit Comcare for $309 million in year

Stressed and depressed public servants lodged so many workers’ compensation claims in the past year that they blew a financial hole in the national insurance scheme.

Comcare, which pays compensation to Commonwealth and some state public servants for workplace injuries, is blaming a rise in “mental stress” claims for its budget blowout.

“Psychological injury costs continue to rise and the length of time ill and injured people are away from their work has worsened at public sector workplaces,” its annual report says.

The latest data reveals an 11 per cent jump in the cost of compensation payments to public servants during 2012/13 – totalling $309M.

Comcare raised its premiums by 26 per cent during the year – yet still spent more on compo payouts than it charged in premiums, plunging it $98m into the red.

Taxpayers had to spend 1.77 per cent of the public service wage bill on workers’ compo premiums in 2011/12 – up from 1.4 per cent the previous year.

“They key factor in the increased premiums is the higher cost of claims caused by longer periods of time off work,” the report says.

“This is particularly evident in recent injury years.”

Comcare has been forced to contest 72 compensation appeals in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) so far this year.

In a recent case, a Tax Office official demoted for giving the wrong advice to members of the public lodged a compo claim for depression.

The woman told the AAT she had felt like she was being “bullied and harassed” by supervisors who criticised her work.

One of her managers had complained that customers were “becoming irate” because the tax official was not listening or answering their questions.

The AAT ruled that she should not be compensated, because her supervisors had taken “reasonable administrative action” in demoting her.

“The applicant was in a position where she was advising the public of their tax rights and liabilities,” the AAT ruled.

“It was certainly reasonable for the ATO to appraise and monitor her performance, to counsel her where her actions caused conflict and confusion, and reasonable to withdraw a benefit such as the increased pay for higher duties where performance was inadequate.”

The AAT also dismissed a compensation claim from a retired public servant who accused her department of invading her privacy.

The woman, who had previously lodged claims for sexual harassment and discrimination, had accused her bosses of wrongly giving her date of birth, signature, tax file number and citizenship details to Comcare as part of another claim over unfair rostering, verbal abuse and bullying.

But the AAT ruled that the privacy breach had not exacerbated what it described as a “personality disorder”.

… so where is the evidence of all those claims?

Comcare’s annual report reveals the number of claims from public servants fell 12 per cent, to 3881 claims, during 2012/13.

But the payouts jumped 15 per cent to $262m – on top of a 5 per cent increase in medical and rehabilitation costs to $126m and an 11 per cent blowout in legal and administrative expenses to $151m.

The Public Service Commission has revealed, meanwhile, that bureaucrats have been taking more sickies over the past four years.

Public servants each take an average of 12 days a year in sick leave and other “unscheduled absences”, its State of the Service report shows.

Bureaucrats from the departments of Human Services, the Tax Office, Aboriginal Hostels Ltd, Safe Work Australia took the most unscheduled leave, averaging 15 to 19 days a year.

Health Department workers averaged 14 days’ leave.

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[Source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/public-servants-claims-hit-comcare-for-309-million-in-year/story-fnixwvgh-1226777468382]



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3 Responses to “Another grossly biased Comcare article hits the news”

  1. Thank fuck for the bureaucrats stressed off coarse most of em would be stressed they know the gig dont deviate from their bull shit policies dont think outside the square most of em know what they are doing in the wc system is wrong but upper management and the politicians set the rules why cant we just fuck offarrel of and the dead wood in workcover

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  2. I personally find the story of the ATO officer’s case quite interesting. However, itsounds more like the employee was working with a higher duties allowance in a more senior position and that the higher duties were discontinued rather than an official demotion taking place.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if there was some sort of underhandedness in her case though. In my experience with the ATO, managers there will often dress up bullying and undue criticism as legitimate performance management. It’s even more difficult to escape a loss of HDA if one or more other staff members take personal exception to you and begin a campaign to have you removed.

    I for one would love to see a few news articles detailing the stories of what it is like to live and work within these big government departments. A real warts and all investigative article for a change. People would be shocked by the inefficiency and petty office politics that occur, as well as the protection of incompetent and bullying managers right up into the most senior ranks. They might also like to know just what attitude some of the senior executives take towards injured employees and their human rights. Privacy breaches of injured workers information is also surprisingly common, although getting an admission when it has occurred is difficult in the extreme!

    I could tell an interesting story myself, but perhaps that is something for a more private forum.

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  3. Silver, you are right on the money. Having worked in health, education and other allegedly public organisations, i saw firsthand that one hand washes the other. If you don’t seriously lick butt and turn a blind eye and a deaf ear you are perceived as a threat. Careful not to show any integrity, intelligence or work too hard. It might expose the incompetency of the hopeless ones. Cause if they realise the level of your capabilities and smarts, watch out, you are going to be swamped with all their work while they bludge. If you complain they will criticise your work and performance manage you, when not only should this be applied to them, but also investigated for corrupt and devious conduct. But hey, we have the perfect role models in our politicians. Julia Gillard in her frank interview at the Opera House told how she was constantly bullied and criticised on her personal appearance by her peers. If our former PM was treated so disrespectfully, what chance does the average hard working person have?

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