The Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, has announced the release of an issues paper outlining a number of options for changes.

To provide “an opportunity for consultation and review” the Government has referred the matter to a Joint Select Committee inquiry. The Committee was set up on 2 May and is due to report on 13 June 2012.

Submissions to the Inquiry are now open. If you have been injured at work, or know someone who has, we want you to tell your story. Click here to tell your story, and if you wish, send it as a submission to the Inquiry.

In addition, you can email your local MP about the changes.

Submissions close on 17 May 2012.

The hearing dates are 21, 25 and 28 May 2012. The hearing venue is New South Wales Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

The terms of reference are:

a)     the performance of the Scheme in the key objectives of promoting better health outcomes and return to work outcomes for injured workers.
b)     the financial sustainability of the Scheme and its impact on the New South Wales economy, current and future jobs in New South Wales and the State’s competitiveness; and
c)     the functions and operations of the WorkCover Authority.

The Inquiry must also note and examine the WorkCover NSW actuarial valuation of outstanding claims liability for the NSW Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer as at 31 December 2011, and the External peer review of outstanding claims liabilities of the Nominal Insurer as at 31 December 2011.

The membership of the Committee is:
Hon Robert Borsak MLC – Shooters and Fishers Party (Chair)
Mr Mark Speakman MP – Liberal Party (Deputy Chair)
Hon Niall Blair MLC – The Nationals
Mr Michael Daley MP – Australian Labor Party
Hon Paul Green MLC – Christian Democratic Party
Hon Trevor Khan MLC – The Nationals
Hon Adam Searle MLC – Australian Labor Party
Mr Rob Stokes MP – Liberal Party