Compensation Schemes Update

Last week OTA wrote to the Western Australian Minister for Industrial Relations, to express our concern regarding the inequity faced by occupational therapists in WorkCover. WA’s proposed amendments to the regulations and administrative instruments is aimed at facilitating the implementation of the new Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 2023 (the Act). If implemented these changes would see a reduction in occupational therapy fees. We will continue to follow this issue closely.  

We also attended two more stakeholder roundtables to inform amendments to Queensland’s Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, following outcomes of the 2023 review of the operation of the Queensland workers compensation scheme. We are advocating for changes that will allow occupational therapists to issue subsequent certificates of capacity.  

We noted the passing of the WorkCover Scheme Modernisation Bill, which will see amendments to the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 taking effect on 31 March. We do not anticipate that these changes will affect OTs, however we will be taking the opportunity to advocate for OTs via the newly established Return-to-Work agency.    

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