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RFSA submits to NSW Worker's Compensation Review

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The RFSA believes compensation arrangements for volunteer emergency service workers should remain incorporated in stand-alone legislation.

Earlier this year, the NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, announced the release of an issues paper outlining a number of options for reform of the NSW Workers Compensation scheme. A Committee was set up on 2 May and is due to report by 13 June in respect of these terms of reference:

• The performance of the scheme in the key objectives of promoting better health and return-to-work outcomes;
• The financial sustainability of the scheme; and
• The functions and operations of the WorkCover Authority.

To provide "an opportunity for consultation and review" the Government referred the matter to a Joint Select Committee inquiry.

Click here to read the RFSA’s submission to the Joint Select Committee on NSW Workers Compensation Scheme detailing the Association’s concern about possible flow on effects any changes in the  NSW Workers Compensation Principal Act may have on the Bush Fire, Emergency and Rescue Services Act and some of the other changes suggested.