WorkCover NSW changes – thousands of injured workers will miss out

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Thousands of injured workers will benefit, but thousands more will miss out, from a modest workcover NSW reform package announced by the NSW government on August 4.

Compo changes, thousands benefit but thousands to still miss out

Thousands of injured workers will benefit, but thousands more will miss out, from a modest workers compensation reform package announced by the NSW government [today on 4 Aug 2015].

The government’s $1 billion reform package represents only a small part of the multi-billion surplus the scheme has generated since 2012. The Greens continue to call for this surplus to be reinstated dollar for dollar to injured workers in need of income and medical support.

Greens MP and Industrial Relations spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The workers compensation reforms announced today are a modest step in the right direction but there is ample scope to do much more for injured workers.

“We know that the workers compensation scheme was in a $2.4 billion surplus last December and is tracking to a $4-6 billion surplus in coming years.

“There is more than sufficient funding to return all lost medical benefits and income support benefits to injured workers.

“Whatever medical treatment is needed must be provided to workers who never choose to be injured in the first place.

“Despite being limited there are positives in this package and thousands of injured workers will have some measure of benefits restored but thousands more will still be left without essential support.

“The proposal to restructure WorkCover into three separate agencies is welcomed by the Greens and we hope that it will address the obvious conflicts of interest within the present mega-authority.

“The government does deserve credit for improving income assistance for older injured workers who will now be entitled to up to 12 months income replacement after they reach the retirement age.

“Injured workers need confirmation from the Minister that these changes will apply to every injured worker who had their benefits cut since 2012.

“Having delivered the savage benefit cuts in 2012 using a false financial crisis the government should not be expecting a loud cheer from injured workers when a few benefits are partially restored.

“These changes don’t return journey claims, legal assistance or the pain and suffering benefits that were all lost in the savage 2012 ‘reforms’.

Every injured worker deserves lifetime access to medical treatment and income replacement while ever they are suffering wage loss from their injury.

These are the fundamental principles of a fair workers compensation scheme and they are missing from this reform package.” Mr Shoebridge said.

[Source: http://greens.org.au/node/11897]



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7 Responses to “WorkCover NSW changes – thousands of injured workers will miss out”

  1. David Shoebridge is one of the very few politicians worthy of his job. A big thankyou to David for his efforts to bring about change for injured workers. I agree though, there is much more work to be done. Keep up the good fight people.

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    • I completely agree with you Just Me, David Shoebridge has been championing us since the horrendous amendments is 2012 and he has always stood up for our rights. I would really like to see all the detail of what the government is proposing, but like before, I think we will be waiting quite a while. That is one of the worst aspects of all this, there is never any consistency, no one knows what is going on and the insurance companies always go to the default setting of abusing us when they don’t know. There will be quibbling about the changes, actions taken like denying medical help, throwing more people off workers comp, before anything is written down and when it is written down, there will be mistakes that they will take advantage of and again deny us. I have one question which probably cannot be answered – if you have already been thrown off workers comp, do you still have to get a certificate of capacity every month to ensure you are still covered for medical treatment? And that is the kind of fine print detail that will not be known for ages.

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      • Yes Bunny, all remains to be seen. When I settled outside the arbitration room, my solicitor told me I’ve got 5 years to claim if I need an operation. After that nothing.

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        • Yes Just Me, but do you still have to get a monthly certificate of capacity for the whole five years? I can just see them saying ‘well you did not send in the certificate so we closed your case’. I had a case manager say that to me years ago about another injury and I had to point her in the direction of all the medical certificates. Never, ever trust them

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          • Well one things for sure, I will Never Ever trust them. As far as the certificates are concerned, I asked my solicitor, so if I need an operation in the next 5 years, i’ll just contact you, and she said yes. As far as I understand, my case has been closed.

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      • hi bunny would you write the first part of the petition and if I could get some facts ,figures,all this will help as I am hopeless on this thing and you word everything so well would you mind doing a bit of research I think its spelt wrong I cannot deal with pain today verywell could you help me please

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