Workers compensation bulletin - issue 23

In this edition: leadership changes at SIRA, updated commutations application form, and a fraudster found guilty.

Leadership changes at SIRA

On Friday 17 March we farewelled former Deputy Secretary Anthony Lean who was appointed Chief Executive, Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW).

Carmel Donnelly is acting Chief Executive of SIRA while the SIRA Board and Secretary commence a full search process to recruit a permanent Chief Executive.

Ms Donnelly is an established public sector leader, with extensive qualifications and industry experience and steps into the role from her substantive post as Executive Director, Workers and Home Building Compensation Regulation.

Dr. Rhys Bollen is acting in Carmel’s usual Executive Director role, and is also well versed in the area of consumer protection, corporate and financial services and regulation. Rhys holds a substantive role as Executive Director, Regulatory Policy in the Better Regulation Division of DFSI.

Commutations application form

SIRA has updated the commutation application form to reflect the new government structure as a result of the 2015 reforms.

The content of the application has not changed. Please use the new application form when making any future requests for a worker's commutation.

Case closed - fraudster found guilty

SIRA was successful in prosecuting a 33 year old male offender who made a fraudulent workers compensation claim that cost the system $90,764.

In 2011 the offender claimed to have injured his wrist, shoulder and neck in a fall at a workplace, however it was later found the offender was not employed by the business and the injury never occurred.

The man was sentenced to a suspended 15 month prison term and ordered to pay back the total amount defrauded as well as the prosecutor’s costs of $11,500.

Fraud costs us all. Fraud is theft. It raises the cost of premiums for businesses and misuses benefits meant for injured workers with legitimate claims.

You can report workers compensation fraud or non-compliance confidentially and anonymously.