The Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2018 amends both the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017.
Some provisions of the amending Act have now commenced, namely those removing limitations on workers injured in motor vehicle accidents obtaining statutory benefits for treatment and care under that Act where their entitlement to workers compensation has ceased, or where they recover damages from the employer in respect of the injury.
Schedules 1, 2 and 3 of the amending Act, which are yet to commence, provide for:
- the abolition of the administrative system of dispute resolution and reinstatement of the jurisdiction of the Workers Compensation Commission to determine disputes and make determinations of permanent impairment;
- the introduction of a simplified process to determine an injured worker’s pre-injury average weekly earnings, with a new Schedule 3 to the Workers Compensation Act 1987 providing the method for determining PIAWE and allowing insurers and workers to agree on the figure for PIAWE.