Return to Work Inquiry
Workers and their unions have been campaigning against the cuts for 4 years now and the campaign is having an impact.
Since the cuts to workers compensation in June 2012, Unions NSW and the workers compensation campaign have won a number of significant changes including:
- Doubling the medical cap to two years (up from one year);
- Reducing the threshold for serious injury by one-third (from 30% WPI to 20% WPI);
- Re-introducing a form of free legal representation for some claims (ILARS); and
- Separating the conflicted insurance and regulatory functions of WorkCover (iCare and SIRA).
Much of the Government rhetoric to justify the workers compensation cuts has been that they encourage return to work, yet there have been few substantive improvements to return to work provisions. One of the few changes was the introduction of “return work assistance” in August 2015, which is only available to a small number of injured workers who have been injured for nearly one and a half years.
The Law & Justice Committee is commencing a review of workers compensation laws in NSW Parliament in August 2016.
In order to highlight the problems with the return to work system Unions NSW will conduct a Return to Work Inquiry.
Download the flyer about the Inquiry here.
We will seek return to work stories on our website and tour the State to collect further stories from injured workers face-to-face. Dates have now been announced.
Even if you have told us your story in the past, we need to hear from you again with a particular focus on your return to work. Were you given a fair chance to return to work? Were suitable duties provided? Were you terminated?
Please fill in our Tell us your story to tell us what happened to you.
The stories will be central to our submission to the Review of the workers compensation law later this year.
Tell us your story now.