The future of workers comp: Della

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The future of workers comp: Della

The Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, has announced that the new workers compensation dispute resolution process will be put in place by January 2002.

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Source: Australian Business Limited

 

The Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, has announced that the new workers compensation dispute resolution process will be put in place by January 2002.

Outlining future plans for WorkCover System in an address to an Australian Business Limited group in Sydney on Thursday night, Della Bosca said the new dispute resolution process ’will be an important step forward in improving the situation for workers compensation resolution (and) it will be better for employers and much better for employees.’

He outlined the Government’s workers compensation reform program and foreshadowed there would be further changes to the scheme to reduce pressure on premiums and address its unfunded liability.

An area of concern raised by business representatives at the launch was bogus workers compensation claims. Acknowledging the problem, Della Bosca said employers had told him that fraudulent claims were hurting businesses in NSW.

‘The Government wants to put in place a realistic framework which includes enforcing the early acceptance of liability.’

‘Provisional acceptance of liability will be determined within seven days. In the current scheme, it can take up to 18 months, so early acceptance of liability is likely to be a disincentive for fraudulent claims,’ the Minister said.

When asked about the concerns of small business, he responded, ‘people want to run businesses that are safe for their employees and they are prepared to support a fair system of workers compensation, but they want to make sure that it is sustainable and that costs are reasonable.’

    

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