The aim of conciliation in Victoria is to resolve disputes and avoid litigation. The injured worker can request conciliation if there is a dispute between the injured worker and the agent (insurer) and/or employer about the injured worker’s claim. What’s more, if your WorkCover insurer fails to respond to a request within 28 days you can also lodge a Conciliation.
Oh my, it’s true, heads are finally rolling at WorkSafe Vic, Denise Cosgrove the chief executive and David Krasnostein, chairman of Worksafe in Victoria, have been sacked by Premier Daniel Andrews
Just a reminder that WorkSafe Victoria ( Victorian WorkCover Authority) has stated that as of 1 March 2015, the new certificate of capacity will be mandatory if injured workers are to receive their weekly payments when off work.
On 2 January, Victoria’s new Labor Premier (Daniel Andrews – formerly the Minister for Finance) announced—by means of a vague and most curious media release— a review of WorkSafe VIC (VWA) and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), to “…identify opportunities to optimise the effectiveness, efficiency and value of these organisations to the Victorian community.”
About 6 months ago the former (Liberal) Victorian Government announced that it was discarding the well-known (workcover) WorkSafe Vic brand, changing it to its old original brand – Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA). This change made little intelligible meaning at the time, and many perceived it as a decrease of focus to injury prevention. On 23 January 2015, less than 2 months after the election of a new Labor Government, the brand has apparently costly and confusingly been restored.
As we have previously posted, as of 1 July 2014, new WorkCover Victoria legislation (the WIRC Act) will regulate the entitlements of Victorians injured at work to compensation and ‘assistance’.
Melbourne Magistrate Court has recently heard the case of a WorkSafe Vic employee’s $20,000 cab charge rort “due to bullying at work”!
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).
In Victoria, if your WorkCover insurer makes a decision in writing that you disagree with you can appeal the decision at Conciliation. However, what many injured workers don’t know is that if your WorkCover insurer fails to respond to a request within 28 days, you can also lodge a request for Conciliation!