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Workers compensation bulletin - issue 59

In this edition: Dispute resolution reforms to commence on 1 January 2019 and 2019 workers compensation fees orders released.

Dispute resolution reforms to commence on 1 January 2019

The commencement of key workers compensation dispute resolution reforms have been notified today on the NSW Legislation website to take effect from 1 January 2019.

The following key amendments will commence on that date:

  • the dispute resolution provisions (including the notification of claims)
  • the referral of matters to approved medical specialists at the Workers Compensation Commission
  • mandatory reporting
  • restriction of commutation for medical expenses compensation for workers eligible under the National Injury Insurance Scheme
  • the notification of workers compensation information by employers.

In support of the key reforms, the NSW Government has approved amendments to the Workers Compensation Regulation 2016 to enable:

  • changes to the notification of insurer decisions
  • procedures for internal reviews
  • mobile devices as a method to notify workers of return to work programs.

The Workers Compensation Amendment Regulation 2018 was notified on the NSW Legislation Website today and will take effect from 1 January 2019.

For more information visit our Dispute resolution reforms webpage and the NSW Legislation website.

2019 workers compensation fees orders released

SIRA's 2019 workers compensation fees orders were gazetted today and apply to services provided on or after 1 January 2019.

Updated fees orders include:

  • Workers Compensation (Surgeon Fees) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Orthopaedic Surgeon Fees) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Medical Practitioner Fees) Order 2019
  • Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation (Medical Examinations and Reports Fees) Order 2019
  • Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation (Injury Management Consultants Fees) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Psychology & Counselling Fees) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Massage Therapy Fees) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Accredited Exercise Physiology Fees) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy Fees) Order 2019
  • Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation (Independent Consultants Fees) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Private Hospital Rates) Order 2019
  • Workers Compensation (Hearing Aid Fees) Order 2019

Section 61 (2) of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and section 339 of the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 provide that, in respect of medical and related treatment, an employer is not liable to pay in excess of an amount fixed by SIRA and published in the NSW Government Gazette.

The 2019 fees orders will also soon be available from the SIRA website under Resources - List of SIRA publications.