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17 April 2014

Unions NSW Workers Compensation Survey now open

31 March 2014

New laws leave impaired pensioners in pain

24 March 2014

Workers’ comp needs real reform, not ‘red tape’ fiddling

Are workers’ compensation changes favouring insurance companies?

17 March 2014

The Law and Justice Committee of the NSW Parliament is conducting a review of WorkCover. Unions NSW has made a submission and will be appearing before the Committee this Friday. For more information on the Inquiry click here.

8 July 2013

The NSW Parliament has begun an Inquiry into allegations of bullying in WorkCover NSW. The Inquiry is currently taking submissions, which close on 23 August 2013.

The Inquiry will look at the culture of WorkCover and WorkCover’s role as the State Regulator of occupational health and safety as it relates to bullying in the workplace.

The Committee conducting the Inquiry is as follows:

  • Revd the Hon Fred Nile MLC (Chair)
  • The Hon Melinda Pavey MLC (Deputy Chair)
  • The Hon Catherine Cusack MLC
  • The Hon Matthew Mason-Cox MLC
  • The Hon Peter Primrose MLC
  • Mr David Shoebridge MLC
  • The Hon Mick Veitch MLC

More information on the Inquiry and how to make a submission can be found here:
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/committee.nsf/0/084690796FDC2E79CA257B97001A735E

19 June 2013

To mark one year since the O’Farrell Government severely cut the rights and entitlements of injured workers who rely on workers compensation, Unions NSW has released a report that outlines the human impact that the changes have had on the people of NSW.


A copy of the report is available here.

The ‘Workers Compensation Cuts – One Year On’ report is based on the findings of the online workers compensation survey. The survey was completed by 2,340 people from across the state, 1,392 of whom had suffered an injury or illness at work. The survey showed that:

  • 93% of people are opposed the Government’s changes to workers compensation;
  • Of the 1,392 injured workers, 504 were receiving weekly payments in June 2012;
  • 92 workers reported a reduction in their weekly payments as a result of the changes;
  • 71% of people receiving weekly payments have not yet undergone a Work Capacity Assessment;
  • 86% of injured workers sustained their injury prior to June 2012.

The report also includes personal stories from injured workers about the significant impacts this harmful legislation has had on them and their families.

Next year the NSW Government will hold an inquiry into the operation of the new workers compensation scheme. This report will help form the basis of the Unions NSW argument to reverse the drastic cuts that have been made to the system.

In order to reinforce the fear and harm these changes are causing, we need to continue to collect your thoughts and experiences regarding the workers compensation changes. You can tell us your story here.

Channel 10 News Item on the reforms, one year on

5 December 2012

Emma Maiden from Unions NSW discusses the cuts and changes to Workers Compensation in NSW:

11 October 2012

Take a look at this story from The Central West Daily Newspaper about a young man injured travelling to work and Barry O’Farrell defending his exclusion from the workers comp scheme:
Central West Daily

26 September 2012

In a significant win for unions and workers that have continued to pressure the Government about its plans to make workers pay their own legal costs, today Greg Pearce, Minister for Finance & Services, has announced a new Independent Legal Assistance and Review Service (ILARS).

While not as good as the previous system, this represents a significant back down from the user pays legal costs proposal originally passed by Parliament.

Features of the new system include:

Step 1:  A free legal review service within the WorkCover Independent Review Office (WIRO) – no legal expenses need be covered by the worker.

Step 2:  Reviews will be conducted by independent legal experts in the area of workers compensation.

Step 3: Where the insurer does not agree with the opinion of that independent legal advice, workers MAY be provided with independent legal representation to pursue matters in the Workers Compensation Commission following a merit review.

Injured workers who don’t wish to use this process or who do not get free representation granted under the third step, will need to take their claim to the Workers Compensation Commission at their own expense.

Any claims lodged before 1st October 2012 will be dealt with under the old scheme that allows injured workers to have proper free independent legal representation before the Workers Compensation Commission.

The new arrangements for costs and access to ILARS will immediately take effect for new claims made on or after 1 October 2012.

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