As we published last year in our article “Workcover Vic laws to be re-written to improve clarity & clean up the maze – really?“, the new Victorian Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (the WIRC Act ) takes effect on 1 July this year (2014).
New WorkCover laws in Victoria will be supposedly simpler from 1 July
As we published last year, the new Victorian workers comp legislation combines the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993, into a single Act ( the WIRC Act) that is supposedly simpler and easier to use. The new, revised Act also allows employers to seek a review of their workers’ comp premium rates through the Civil and Administrative Council.
The WIRC Act can be found on the Parliament of Victoria website (The information can be found under the section: Victorian Statute Book> 2013> Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013)
A good thing we still have the old brand on our home made slogan 🙂
As you may already have noticed the ‘brand” “VWA” has already been used on a number of documents for the past few months or so, and even more so since a week.
The VWA says its legal name is apparently better as it “better reflects its broad responsibilities, which include managing the State workers’ comp scheme and providing injury insurance, as well as enforcing OHS laws” —Duh?
- Information about the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013
- A guide to the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013
The workcover Vic maze
At the time the new WIRC was proposed and re-written,Victorian Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said that (the Act) is “presented in a logical and sequential order with visual aids, making it easier for all users to better understand their legislative rights”.
He also said “The re-write was also undertaken on a ‘no benefit change’ basis and will continue to offer all existing entitlements and benefits currently available to injured workers and their families”.
But: “Employers can now request a review of [a] premium notice at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Council if they are dissatisfied with the Victorian Authority’s review decision. This complements the existing right employers have to seek a review in the Supreme Court.”
Read more about and explanation of those “improvements” under our article: “Workcover Vic laws to be re-written to improve clarity & clean up the maze – really?”
[Post dictated by workcovervictim and manually transcribed on her behalf]