A new Bill seeks to improve the benefits available under the Victorian Workers’ Compensation scheme.
The Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced into the Victorian Parliament on 12 October 2016. It proposes to amend, among other pieces of legislation, the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) (the Act).
The purpose of the Bill is to ensure that persons receiving weekly benefits for workplace and road accidents do not miss out when the qualifying age for the federal pension increases from 1 July 2017.
The Bill also seeks to establish a new Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (ACCS) as a statutory body that will ensure the accountability of Victoria’s workers compensation dispute resolution process. The ACCS would be established under a new Pt 12 Div 1.
Additionally, the Bill proposes to correct an error in Sch 4 to the Act. In particular, the amendment would prescribe “191 520” (instead of “191 250”) as the minimum compensation payable for the total loss of the right hand or of five fingers of the right hand, or of the lower part of the right arm.
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