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august 2008
 
P Hks QC
aCCIDENtCOMPENsatIONaCt REVIEW
final rePort
 
CONTENTS
Abbreviations
4
Introduction and acknowledgements
7
Recommendations for change
21
Benefit improvements
35
Chapter 1
Improving understanding and clarity of the legislation
37Legislation and the scheme38Amendments 38A new Act40
Chapter 2
Workers’ entitlement to compensation
43Who is a worker?45Contribution of employment to injuries60Stress-related and psychiatric injuries69
Chapter 3
Ensuring timely access to benefits and support
89Delays in injury notification and determination of claims92Introduce provisional liability and streamline injury notification93Reduce formalities111Introduce electronic lodgement 113Improve access to medical information115Clarify employer obligations116Providing greater protection against discrimination118
Chapter 4
Supporting workers to get back to work after injury
127The importance of early and durable return to work128How should the AC Act support return to work?131A new approach to the legislative framework132Planning return to work137Providing pre-injury or suitable employment140Exemption from the obligation to provide pre-injury or suitable employment 144Risk management and occupational rehabilitation programs146Return to work coordinators148Labour hire 152Compliance and enforcement 155Workersright of action162Roles of other workplace parties involved in return to work164Issue resolution 172Return to work incentives173
Chapter 5
Better income replacement
185Pre-injury average weekly earnings190Step-downs and entitlement periods193Weekly benefits after 130 weeks for partially incapacitated workers199Weekly benefits for workers who undergo medical procedures after 130 weeks201Payments pending receipt of funds from common law settlements202The relationship between annual and long service leave and weekly benefits203Accrual of leave while in receipt of weekly benefits204Notional earnings 205Superannuation209Section 96212The method of calculating entitlement periods215Redemption of weekly benefits217
ACCIDENT COMPENSATION ACT REVIEW
FINAL REPORT
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