The dreaded and harsh legislation to reform the SA workers’ compensation has passed the South Australian Parliament on 30 Oct 2014, and will come into effect in July 2015. Greens MLC Tammy Franks, rightly, condemned the SA workers’ compensation changes as an attack on injured workers and refers to the new ‘Return to Work Bill’ as a ‘Harder to Return to Work’ Bill.
Federal government reforms to public service workers’ compensation – Comcare- are “harsh, unjust” and “gratuitously mean”, according to the federal opposition. However, the Minister says these reforms will help bring the Commonwealth workers compensation scheme into line with the rules under State schemes and will remove loopholes that can be rorted when injuries occur that are not the responsibility of the employer”.
As we posted earlier, the SA Government is planning to overhaul of its “buggered” WorkCover SA scheme, which is set to come into effect from 1 July 2015. Whilst we have not seen the full (and fine) details of the reforms, we know already that just about every SA injured worker will be adversely affected by the changes. Here is an overview of the main proposed changes.
The joint parliamentary committee, including three government MPs, reviewed the WorkCover NSW scheme and unanimously recommended the reversal of changes that slashed medical benefits in 2012.
The SA Government has introduced legislation to overhaul its workers’ compensation scheme, stopping payments to moderately (read non-seriously!) injured workers after two years and establishing a tribunal to hear disputes quickly. As posted in an earlier article, The SA WorkCover Corporation will be renamed the Return to Work Corporation, and will serve as regulator and insurer. The scheme could take effect next July 1.
In what is being viewed as the South Australian workers’ compensation scheme’s biggest changes in 25 years, the State Government proposes renaming it Return to Work.(WTF). Proposed WorkCover changes also include scrapping of medical review panels for injured South Australian workers…An interesting time ahead for all concerned indeed!
The NSW Government has proven that the focus of their Workers Compensation changes was to cut the rights of workers, in favour of a premium saving to businesses.
As per yesterday’s article Workcover NSW reforms & cuts being wound back, promising NSW Finance and Services Minister Dominic Perrottet would announce some restorations of benefit cuts to NSW injured workers, here is Perrottet’s media release, as well as well as one from Peter Primrose, NSW Shadow Minister for Finances & Services.
Some injured workers will have their medical benefits restored as the NSW state government winds back some cuts to its WorkCover NSW scheme!Injured workers will also continue to be eligible for weekly benefits until a disputed work capacity assessment has been resolved, and thresholds will be decreased from 30% WPI to 21% to be eligible for medical benefits.
INSURERS and employer groups are pushing for an overhaul of Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme, especially injury tests.It’s all smoke and mirrors. Change the rules, like NSW, and it will make it easier to throw injured workers on the scrap heap.