In 2015 the NSW Government made various reforms to workers compensation benefits for NSW workers.
The benefit reforms focus on three objectives: helping injured workers with the highest needs, assisting those with injuries to return to work, and applying benefits equitably for all injured workers.
The following benefits took effect on 16 October 2015:
- increased maximum lump sum compensation for permanent impairment up to $577,050
- increased death benefit lump sum amount up to $750,000
- increased maximum for funeral expenses up to $15,000
- weekly payments extended for 12 months beyond retiring age.
The following benefits took effect on 4 December 2015:
- medical benefit cap extended for all claims
- lifetime compensation for artificial aids, home and vehicle modifications for all approved claims
- lifetime medical expenses for injured workers with high needs
- minimum weekly compensation payments for injured workers with highest needs
- minimum work hours removed for injured workers with high needs
- secondary surgery now available for all eligible workers
- suspension of a work capacity decision pending the result of a review.
The following benefits took effect on 29 April 2016:
- new employment assistance (of up to $1,000) for eligible workers who are unable to return to work with their pre-injury employer and need assistance in starting with a new employer
- education or training assistance (of up to $8,000) for eligible workers who require additional skills to improve readiness for work with their current employer or a new employer.
For further information, visit insurancereforms.nsw.gov.au or contact the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) on 13 10 50.