Last week, NSW launched an inquiry into the possibility and feasability of a consolidated personal injury tribunal to resolve workcover disputes as well as CTP disputes. This was recommended by last year’s massive review of the NSW workers compensation system.
Last year (March 2017) an upper house inquiry into NSW Workers Compensation released its report recommending a range of reforms. But at the end of our readings we see that nothing has really changed, or has there?
The Law and Justice Committee report found that the dispute resolution processes – called “dysfunctional” by stakeholders – were “inefficient, caused delays, and resulted in inconsistent decision-making and a system that is difficult for scheme participants to navigate”.
The review made 26 recommendations to make claims simpler for injured workers and for the NSW government to establish a ‘one stop shop’ forum for the resolution of all workers compensation disputes.
Other recommendations clamp down on aggressive covert surveillance by insurers, stop insurers “doctor-shopping” to deny claims and require case managers to have mandatory minimum qualifications and training.
The review also recommends the removal of the distinction between ‘work capacity’ and ‘liability’.
National review of WHS legislation
The recent announcement by the Victorian Ombudsman -Ms Deborah Glass– to investigate the management of Workcover claims is definitely very worthwhile initiative. For years, injured workers and their representatives have faced workcover Insurer representatives who just say “No”, no matter what!
A journalist working for a well-known TV Channel is working on a story and came across our site. S/he is looking for teachers that have been assessed by two well known (notorious) IME psychiatrists.
Members of a parliamentary committee who found widespread evidence of a culture of bullying, denial and cover-up in WorkCover NSW have increased public pressure on the state’s work, health and safety regulator to show that it is actually cleaning up its act. They have also told WorkCover NSW to hurry their apology over internal bullying.
aworkcovervictimsdiary welcomes the recent findings and recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the bullying culture that exists in WorkCover NSW, which seriously damages its credibility. The report confirms what we have known and loathed for many years, that a serious culture of bullying exists in the NSW WorkCover authority.
There is a case to answer for bullying in the Compensation Systems, in my opinion. In fact, back in July, I argued this point in front of the national inquiry committee. Here’s my statement:
Working people in QLD need to prepare for a similar attack on their rights and entitlements as we have experienced NSW…No they won’t be covered once this sham inquiry takes place.
This just goes to show how much time and consideration the rights of injured workers are given by Liberal Government’s – ZERO. We agree with Ms Mohle “It just seems that working people and their rights are about to be reduced to almost nothing”
Gordon Davies, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong raised some extremely important points which were either overlooked or blatantly ignored at the NSW Workers Compensation Inquiry in June this year.