Do these changes affect both the workers compensation and motor accident schemes?

Yes. The COVID-19 Legislative Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 was passed by NSW Parliament on Tuesday 24 March 2020.This included creating Regulation and Guideline making powers to relieve pressure on general practitioners and the overall health system during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a degree of flexibility for certification of an injured person’s ability to work.

The changes to the Workers Compensation Regulation 2016 and Motor Accident Guidelines took effect from 17th April 2020, permitting appropriately qualified treating physiotherapists and psychologists (in addition to medical practitioners) to issue subsequent certificates of capacity or fitness.