A permanent impairment assessor is a registered medical practitioner recognised as a specialist with qualifications, training and experience relevant to the body system being assessed.
An assessor must be listed on our website as a trained assessor of permanent impairment for each body system they intend assessing.
You can use our online tool to find a permanent assessor (or to see who's listed).
Assessors may be one of the injured worker's treating specialists or engaged on behalf of the injured worker, employer or insurer for the purposes of assessing the level of permanent impairment.
In assessing permanent impairment, the assessor must determine:
- whether the injured worker's condition has resulted in impairment
- whether the condition has reached maximum medical improvement
- whether the impairment is permanent
- the degree of permanent impairment that results from the injury
- the proportion of permanent impairment due to any previous injury, pre-existing condition or abnormality
See our workers compensation disputes section for more information about the disputes process and the help that’s available.
These documents also provide additional information:
- Guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment (effective 1 April 2016)
- Summary of changes to permanent impairment guidelines
- Guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment (until 31 March 2016)
- Guidelines for claiming workers compensation
- Workers compensation guide for medical practitioners
- Medical examinations and reports fees order 2016
- Medical examinations and reports fees order 2016 No.2 (May 2016)