Regulation of legal costs for work capacity decision reviews

We sought feedback on a new regulation to allow payment of legal costs in connection with work capacity decision reviews.

  • The Issue

    Consultation period: 19/10/2015 12:00 am to 26/11/2015 12:00 am

    We sought public and stakeholder feedback on a new workers compensation regulation to allow payment of legal costs in connection with work capacity decision reviews.

    Input from our stakeholders is essential for SIRA to build a regulatory framework for how the new legal costs provision will operate.

    The discussion paper outlined three regulatory options:

    • setting a maximum cost of specific legal services
    • establishing classes of reviews where legal costs are not payable
    • identifying circumstances where one party may be liable to pay the other’s legal costs

    Submissions were open from 29 October to 26 November 2015.

    All non-confidential submissions have been published (see outcomes tab).

    A submissions summary, which provides a high-level overview of the key themes articulated in the submissions received, was published in December 2015.

    For more information, email 2015benefitsreform@sira.nsw.gov.au.

  • Milestones

    • 29 October 2015: Discussion Paper published on the SIRA/WorkCover and the NSW Government ‘Have Your Say’ websites
    • 29 October – 26 November 2015: Submissions open
    • 27 November – 17 December 2015: SIRA reviews submissions and prepares summary of feedback
    • 18 December 2015: Submissions summary paper published
  • Outcomes

    The information provided through this public consultation will be used to develop detailed regulatory options for consideration by government, with the view to finalising and implementing a new regulation.

    We will continue to consult and engage with stakeholders throughout the development and implementation phases.

    Any questions or enquiries should be emailed to 2015benefitsreform@sira.nsw.gov.au.

    View the submissions here

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