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Amendments to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act)

Two amendments were recently made to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).

Household services and attendant care services for catastrophic injuries

This amendment introduces new arrangements for the payment of household services and attendant care services for catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury will be defined in legislative rules (currently under development by the Department of Employment).

The introduction of special arrangements for catastrophic injuries supports the implementation of the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS). The amendments ensure that the Comcare scheme complies with the agreed NIIS standards, especially for workplace accidents.

As a result of these legislative changes, the compensation payment amounts for employees with catastrophic injuries may change due to the removal of the current weekly payment limits of $457.57 (indexed each year) on reasonable household and attendant care services.

The amendment comes into effect on the day after Royal assent (expected to be 1 July 2017) and only affects employees that are assessed as being catastrophically injured. Current arrangements continue to apply to all other injuries.

Changes to retirement age arrangements

This amendment aligns the cessation of incapacity payments under the SRC Act with the pension age, as defined in the Social Security Act 1991.

From 1 July 2017, eligibility for incapacity payments will extend up to the pension age in force at the time. This is in line with the progressive increase in the pension age under the Social Security Act between 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2023.

More information on the changes to the pension age arrangements can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

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Page last updated: 22 Feb 2019