NSW Motor Accidents & Workers Compensation Legislation Changes
The Motor Accidents and Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2022 (the Act) commenced on 16 June 2022. The full text of the Act can be found here.
Schedule 3 of the Act has amended the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 to establish new powers that enable SIRA to provide directions to service providers in relation to claims in the workers compensation and motor accidents schemes, including:
- directing a service provider to supply claim related data and information,
- requiring a service provider to take specific action or to provide services to injured persons in a specified way; and
- excluding a service provider from providing some or all services to injured persons in certain circumstances.
The Act also amended the workers compensation and motor accidents legislation making it a breach of an insurer’s license conditions if the insurer engages a service provider who has been issued an exclusion direction and is banned from providing services in the schemes.
SIRA is drafting the regulations to support implementation of these amendments. SIRA has advised that they will consult with stakeholders, including Occupational Therapy Australia, about the content of the regulations including how the regulations govern SIRA’s powers so that they are supported, well designed, and meet the needs of its customers and policy holders.
If you would like to be involved in supporting Occupational Therapy Australia to provide feedback to SIRA once the regulations have been drafted, please contact email@example.com