Overview of Amendments Schedule 1 – weekly benefits compensation Created separate entitlement periods Work capacity assessments by insurer New review process Schedule 2 – lump sum compensation Introduction of threshold for permanent impairment compensation - > 10% Abolition of pain and suffering lump sum compensation Limit of one claim for permanent impairment compensation
Overview of Amendments Schedule 4 – medical and related expenses Only payable for 12 months after claim or weekly payments conclude Schedule 5 – journey claims “real and substantial connection” Schedule 6 – heart attack and stroke claims “significantly greater risk of injury” Schedule 7 – disease injury claims “main contributing factor” Schedule 11 – miscellaneous amendments Each party to bear own costs
Commission Jurisdiction Impact of work capacity decisions –Section 43(3) of 1987 Act Medical treatment without prior approval –Section 60(2A) of 1987 Act Award of legal costs –Section 341(1) of 1998 Act
Statistics Overview Form 2/2DMay-13 12 mth ave May-12 Status Registered2041,2871,008 Closed897787858 In Progress9,5347,5343,536 Clearance Ratio440%61%85% First Allocation Teleconference62819469 AMS97412506
Listing Implications Registered Pre June 2012 Registration to teleconference – 5 weeks Teleconference to con/arb hearing – 3 weeks (no DFP) Teleconference to con/arb hearing – 8 weeks (with DFPs) Registered June 2013 Registration to teleconference – approx 36 weeks Teleconference to con/arb hearing – between 3 and 9 months
Facilitating Settlement Registrar’s Interim Guideline Directions for Production Prior to Teleconference Early settlement discussions Prior to teleconference Email consent agreements Authority to settle Instructions during proceedings
Rules 2011 amendments Effective from date tabled – 7 June 2013 Still 2011 Rules Table of all changes available on website Only significant change to Rule 17.7 –Defective Pre-filing statements –reflects judicial interpretation Wilkinson v Perisher Blue Pty Ltd  NSWCA 250
Further Information The Commission’s website: www.wcc.nsw.gov.au The Commission’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Commission’s toll free number: 1300 368 040.
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