On 17 September 2015 the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill was passed (subject to incidental amendments), but is yet to receive assent:
The Bill retrospectively abolishes the degree of permanent impairment (the DPI) threshold that an injured worker must meet (it was 5%) to seek damages at common law for injures after 31 January 2015;
If an injured worker has an injury with a DPI that is 5% or less and the injury was suffered between 15 October 2013 and 30 January 2015; and the worker does not have terminal condition; and the worker has not accepted, or rejected, a lump sum offer of compensation made with a Notice of Assessment, then the worker will be entitled to an additional lump sum in compensation, the sum of which and the method of calculation of which is yet to be prescribed by regulation (the Statutory Adjustment Scheme);
Specific amendments have been made in relation to injuries and conditions that are compensable for firefighters
There is scope to request an extension of time to seek a review or to appeal a decision – but the request can only be made once
Prospective employers are no longer able to obtain a copy of a prospective employee’s compensation claim history from the Workers' Compensation Regulator.