Updates on the changes introduced by the NSW Government in 2015.
The following changes to the existing Workers Compensation legislation came into effect on 16 October 2015 and apply retrospectively from 5 August 2015:
- Increased lump sum compensation payment for workers with at least 11% permanent impairment or at least 15% permanent impairment for psychological injuries
- Increased death benefit lump sum amount from $524,000 to $750,000
- Increased maximum for funeral expenses from up to $9,000 to up to $15,000
- Injured workers are now entitled to up to 12 months of weekly payments of compensation after reaching retiring age, whether they lodged their claim before or after 1 October 2012.
We’ll be identifying all claims affected by the changes and will contact your employee(s) in early 2016 if their entitlements have changed. They can also contact their Case Manager if they need information about the changes and how they may apply to them.
2015 Benefit reforms - Secondary Surgery
The NSW Government recently made changes to workers compensation legislation to make it fairer for everyone.
One change that commenced on 4 December 2015 introduced secondary surgery provisions to all injured workers regardless of when they lodged their claim.
Surgery that is consequential to a previous surgery is exempt from the 2 and 5 year time thresholds, as long as the surgery:
- Is approved within 2 years from the approval of the previous surgery; and
- Affects a part of the body affected by the previous surgery.
The 2014 Regulation introduced this provision for existing claims (claims lodged prior to 1 October 2012); however this provision is now available to all claims.
If you believe that you are entitled to additional benefit payments please contact us on myWCclaim@qbe.com or phone 133723 and we can assess your claim and discuss the matter in further detail.
More information is available at www.insurancereforms.nsw.gov.au
For more information on the reforms visit NSW Government Insurance & Regulation Reform Package 2015.