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Guide to the assessment of the degree of permanent impairment - Edition 2.1 of the Guide


The SRC Act provides for payment of lump sum compensation for permanent impairment and non-economic loss resulting from a work-related injury. The amount of compensation payable (if any) is to be assessed by reference to this guide.

For claims for permanent impairment lodged on and after 1 December 2011.

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Last updated: December 2011

Further information

On 2 November 2011, the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, approved Edition 2.1 of the Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment. Comcare advises determining authorities and medical assessors to be aware that Edition 2.1, which varies the Second Edition of the Guide, will come into effect from 1 December 2011. This means that claims for permanent impairment lodged on and after 1 December 2011 will be assessed under Edition 2.1 of the Guide.

As of 9 August 2012 the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) contains an up-to-date version of the consolidated Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment (the Guide). Prior to 9 August 2012 the version of the Guide which was available on FRLI did not incorporate the amendment made to the Guide on 29 November 2011 and commencing on 1 December 2011, which, in essence provided for the Guide to apply to claims received (and determined) on and from 1 December 2011 rather than claims received after 28 February 2006 (and determined after 1 December 2011).

The official consolidated version of the Guide can be viewed on Comlaw's website.

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Page last updated: 20 Jul 2017