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Appendix 1: Context and relevant provisions - Standard 21 - Negotiation on degree of permanent impairment

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Standard 21 - Negotiation on degree of permanent impairment

Insurers and workers are not precluded from reaching an agreement on a worker’s degree of permanent impairment.

Seeking to reach agreement on the degree of permanent impairment can reduce time, costs and the likelihood of disputes.

An agreed degree of permanent impairment must be confirmed through a complying agreement. Where a worker enters into a complying agreement, section 66A(3) of the 1987 Act gives power to the Workers Compensation Commission (the Commission) to award additional compensation subject to the provisions of section 66(1A) of the 1987 Act.