Changes to workers compensation and motor accident legislation

We have made various changes that were enabled by the COVID-19 Legislative Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020. This Act made amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 by providing Regulation and guideline making powers.

Motor accident guidelines updated

The Motor accident guidelines have been updated to:

  • provide regulatory relief during COVID-19 to CTP insurers when complying with timeframes for electronic transition of eGreenSlips to Transport for NSW
  • implement measures to allow treating physiotherapists or psychologists to issue certificates of fitness.

The amendments apply to Part 2 (Table 2.2: Timeframes for insurers electronically transmitting an eGreenSlip) and Part 4 (Evidence of fitness for work) of the guidelines and will be in place for 12 months, unless repealed earlier.

Workers compensation guidelines updated

The Workers compensation guidelines have been updated to:

  • reduce regulatory barriers
  • provide clarity for insurers and other stakeholders regarding the approach to arranging work capacity assessment appointments and independent medical examinations.

You can read more about these updates in this summary and in SIRA's claim management guide.