Summary

Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 (NSW) - Level 2

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An Act to provide for the effective management of work-related injuries and injury compensation for such injuries. The Act has provisions for prompt treatment of injuries; effective and proactive management of injuries, medical and vocational rehabilitation following injuries; income support for injured workers and their dependents during incapacity, payment for permanent impairment or death, and payment for reasonable treatment and other related expenses. This Act (the 1998 Act) works to ensure appropriate management of injuries. The Act establishes the Workcover Authority and defines its primary responsibilities as:- ensuring compliance with workers compensation and occupational health and safety legislation; monitoring and reporting to the Minister on matters relating to such legislation; and, consultation in connection with current or proposed legislation. The Act deals with procedural matters relating to workplace injury management including:- requirements for Licensed Insurers to have an Injury Management Program; requirements for employers to comply with obligations within such a program; timing and notification requirements for injured workers and specific injury management plans to be put in place in the event of a work related injury. Under the Act, an injured worker has an obligation to return to work as soon as possible following an injury and an employer has an obligation to establish a return to work program that acts to provide suitable work for the injured worker (having regard for the physical and vocational rehabilitation of the injured worker). The Act provides for the form, content and processing of claims for compensation and in large part regulates the activities of licensed insurers and claimants in respect of such claims. The University has Workers Compensation Insurance and as such claims for compensation for work related injuries will be dealt with by the University's insurer. The University has obligations to notify the insurer of such claims and to provide information to the insurer in relation to those events in a timely manner. Where the insurer pays the University an amount in compensation of a claim on behalf of an injured employee, the University must pay that amount to the injured employee as soon as practicable.

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