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Issue 369 - 11 April 2013

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New compo limits on the cards

Restricting disease claims and increasing the cut-off age are among a raft of changes that have been called for in a recent review of the Commonwealth workers compensation scheme.

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (SRC) Act Review Report 2013 was released on Easter Saturday, and has made a number of recommendations for change. 

These changes would affect employees of Commonwealth Government agencies and statutory authorities, Australian Capital Territory Government agencies and authorities, and Commonwealth authorities and eligible corporations that have self-insurance licences from the SRC Commission. They would also affect some members of the Australian Defence Force who were injured before 1 July 2004.

The report recommends that manifestations of underlying diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes as a result of cardiovascular diseases, which occur at work, would only be compensable where employment had contributed to the disease or manifestation to a significant degree.

The report also recommends tying the current workers compensation cut-off age of 65 to the age pension qualifying age, which will increase from 65 to 67 between 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2023.

Employees who are injured five or fewer years prior to the age pension qualifying age would receive incapacity payments for 260 weeks.

A number of other recommendations have also been made.

The federal government is accepting feedback on the report until 3 May.

For more details, visit the report



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