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Workers compensation bulletin - issue 17

In this edition: consultations closing soon, Dr Graeme Innes joins SIRA Board, Government gazettal for the approval of treating allied health practitioners and extension of enhanced death lump sum benefits.

Consultations closing soon

Two SIRA consultations are closing soon. Have your say and help shape the NSW workers compensation system.

Review of the guidelines for workplace return to work programs

Made under section 52 of the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998, these guidelines are designed to support, inform and guide employers, workers and other stakeholders when developing a return to work program for their workplace.

View the consultation documents and submit your response before 15 November 2016.

Workers compensation financial and premium supervision

Following comments received on the Workers Compensation Market Practice and Premium Guidelines (MPPGs) and Licensed Insurer Business Plan Guidelines (LIBPGs) consultation earlier this year, SIRA is seeking feedback on workers compensation financial and premium supervision.

Consultation feedback will be used to develop and implement a comprehensive risk-based and outcomes-focused insurer supervision model in 2017.

View the consultation documents and submit your response before 18 November 2016.

Dr Graeme Innes joins SIRA Board

SIRA is thrilled to announce the government’s appointment of Dr Graeme Innes to its Board.

Dr Innes AM, was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner between December 2005 and July 2014. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1995 for his contributions to the rights of people with a disability in the country.  He was involved in drafting the United Nations Convention to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and has also served as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Dr Innes was Chair of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia, and the first Chair of Australia's national provider of blindness and low vision services, Vision Australia. He also played a key role in developing the National Disability Strategy and the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards2010 and to the establishment of Liveable Housing Australia.

Dr Innes has listed a number of challenges that he is excited to take on and we are delighted to welcome him to SIRA.

Learn more about Graeme

Learn more about SIRA’s Board Members

Approval of treating allied health practitioners

The Guideline for approval of treating allied health practitioner 2016 No 2 was amended to exempt allied health practitioners who only deliver services in a NSW public hospital from SIRA approval.

The updated guideline was published in the Government gazette on Friday 4 November 2016.

Applications open for psychiatrists seeking approval as a SIRA injury management consultant

Medical practitioners registered in the specialty of psychiatry may now apply to become a SIRA approved injury management consultant.

Complete the application for approval and email the form to claims.design@sira.nsw.gov.au

SIRA is not accepting applications from any other medical practitioner specialty at this time.

Contact Maria Wilson via email or telephone at 4321 5341 for more information.

Extension of enhanced death lump sum benefits to coal miners

On 11 November 2016, the Workers Compensation Amendment (Death Benefits) Regulation 2016 commenced. The Regulation removes a restriction that prevented the families of deceased coal miners from getting increased death and funeral benefits available under the Workers Compensation Amendment Act 2015.

The lump sum compensation payable in respect of the death of a worker was increased from $524,000 to $750,000 and the compensation payable in respect of the funeral expenses of a deceased worker was increased from $9,000 to $15,000 for deaths occurring on or after 5 August 2015.

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