This page is to assist workers who wish to make their own submission to the review of the NSW workers compensation system.
Australian Unions – Follow the link here: http://www.australianunions.org.au/workers_compensation_review
You can raise any issues you like, but there are three main points you might want to focus on:
- How your injury/illness occurred
- How your injury/illness is now
- How the cuts to the workers compensation system impacted on you and your family
To assist with your submission, this page provides brief background points on each of these issues, with room for you then to make comments based on your own experience. When you have finished simply click send.
The top priority for the NSW Government in reviewing the workers compensation system must be on restoring fairness to the system.
The cuts made to workers compensation have been so severe that the $4 billion deficit from June 2012 has turned into a $1.3 billion surplus less than two years later, which is growing by over $500 million every six months. These savings have come directly out of injured workers pockets mainly by:
- Excluding journey claims;
- Stopping most weekly payments after 2.5 years, with no consideration of whether the person has recovered or is in employment;
- Stopping medical payments one year after weekly payments end, with no consideration of whether the person has on-going medical needs.
This means injured workers and their families (and taxpayers through increased use of Medicare and social security) are bearing the cost of the cuts to the workers compensation system.
Employers, on the other hand, have enjoyed a 12.5% reduction in their workers compensation insurance premiums since the cuts came in and may be given even further premium reductions, even though rates of injury/illness in workplaces are not improving.
The pendulum has swung way too far. The workers compensation system should be a fair one that gives support to injured and ill workers until they are better and can return to work.