Workers comp premiums in NSW unchanged

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Workers comp premiums in NSW unchanged

Workers compensation arrangements have changed in New South Wales, but the premium rates for 2012–13 will remain unchanged.

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Workers compensation arrangements have changed in New South Wales, but the premium rates for 2012–13 will remain unchanged. 

WorkCover has provided guidance on the reforms enacted by the Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2012. The relevant premium orders are also listed here.

Guidance
 
Fact sheet: Workers Compensation changes summarises the key features of the new laws, including their impact on the way workers compensation benefits claims are assessed and paid.

Meanwhile, Workers compensation changes: frequently asked questions answers a series of frequently asked questions on the new laws. The following questions are addressed:
  • Do the changes apply to workers who were injured before the reforms come into force?
  • Will my weekly benefits cease?
  • What will happen to workers whose claims are more than five years old?
  • New Claims: How will the new benefits scale apply?
  • How is the medical cap on benefits affected?
  • How will the new amendments affect new workers compensation claims?
  • What is a work capacity assessment?
  • At what point during the life of a claim will a claimant be required to undergo a capacity assessment?
  • What will happen as a result of the capacity assessment?
  • How long will it take for work capacity assessments to be undertaken?
  • What if I don’t agree with the outcome of a work capacity assessment?
  • Will workers who have a total incapacity 26 weeks after their injury date be any better off under the new reforms?
  • Do seriously injured workers need to have a work capacity assessment?
  • Will seriously injured workers be better off financially?
  • What happens to lump sum claims lodged for ss66 and 67 prior to 19 June 2012?
  • Are there any exemptions from the reforms?
  • Can an injured worker claim legal costs?
  • Will workers compensation premiums still be increased?
  • Are journey claims maintained?
  • What assistance is available to a family member or colleague following the death of a worker?
  • What is WorkCover doing to ensure the scheme improves?

 

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