A new report on the performance of Queensland’s workers compensation scheme supports the view that it is one of, if not the best in the country and that the current and any future governments should leave the WorkCover scheme alone.
That’s the view of Brisbane Accredited Specialist in compensation law, Mark O’Connor, who says Queensland’s WorkCover scheme is frequently in the sights of political forces and employer groups trying to water it down.
However, the latest six-monthly scheme update from the Office of Industrial Relations has good news for Queenslanders. The scheme is doing well and does not need any change.
Mark O’Connor, a Director with Bennett & Philp Lawyers, says the latest report covering the six months to June this year shows a heartening and healthy performance of the scheme in regard to common law claims with payments out from the scheme being less than anticipated or budgeted for.
There is no reason to think there is going to be any spike in payments and therefore the long-term health of the scheme I would like to think should be assured,” he says.
Common law payments were 21 per cent down than their previous estimate. Nett common law payments were significantly lower (down 18 per cent) than expected.
Mark says the six-monthly status report of the WorkCover scheme provides a detailed and in-depth look at Queensland’s scheme and clearly shows the scheme is in good health.
Hopefully employer groups and the political parties that like to meddle with our WorkCover scheme will take on board these figures and leave our scheme be. It’s one other states in Australia must envy” he says.
To read the full update from the Office of Industrial Relations, download the report via the ‘Download’ link below.
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