In June 2012, the O’Farrell Government slashed Workers Compensation for all workers in NSW.

For an explanation of the changes, take a look at this handy leaflet. (PDF)

Or, if you want a more in depth look at the implementation take a look here. (PDF)

Here is a list of the main changes made by O’Farrell:

  • Removed workers compensation coverage for trips to and from work
  • Reduced weekly payments to injured workers
  • Stopped weekly payments for most injured workers after 2 ½ years
  • Capped medical payments for injured workers
  • Heart attacks and strokes are no longer covered
  • Stopped partners of those killed at work from claiming for nervous shock
  • Stopped lump sum payments for pain and suffering
  • Lumped workers with the legal costs of pursuing a claim.

Cracks have already started emerging in the new system. On 26th September, 2012 the then Finance Minister Greg Pearce, backed down over the Government’s plans to make workers shoulder the legal costs associated with making a Workers Compensation claim.

This is a small but significant win, which shows that it is important to keep the pressure up on this issue.

The Government also announced in September 2014 small changes to the Workers Compensation Regulation that give the following additional benefits for anyone who made a claim before 1 October 2012:

  • Payment for crutches, artificial aids, spectacles and hearings aids and batteries as well as home and vehicle modification;
  • Medical benefits is whole person impairment is between 21% and 30%;
  • Removing the discrimination against those aged 64;
  • Continuing weekly payments while a dispute work capacity decision is resolved;
  • Allowing secondary surgery where it is consequential of earlier surgery and was pre-approved within 2 years of the original surgery.

While these changes will help some people, they just don't go far enough. There is still a lot more to do:

Have you, a friend or a family member been injured at work? Have you been affected by the changes to Workers Compensation? We want to hear your story. Click here to tell us your story.

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