A joint investigation by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC TV’s Four Corners into Australia’s $60 billion workers’ compensation system has uncovered mismanagement of the state government-run scheme in NSW and “unethical” conduct in Victoria.
The investigation alleges that 52,000 injured workers in NSW have been underpaid up to $80 million in compensation for loss of wages in one of the biggest underpayment scandals involving a government agency in the country.
Icare, which manages the NSW workers’ compensation scheme, covers more than 3 million employees for weekly payments and any medical treatments they require if they are injured at work. Employers are required under law to take out a workers’ compensation policy as a safety net for workers. In NSW, most businesses use icare, which collects more than $2.5 billion a year in premiums.
McAuley Hawach Lawyers has expressed its concerns with the NSW workers compensation scheme for some time as problems have lead to delays and denials of medical treatment which in turn has worsened the condition of workers and delayed their return to work.
Read more here: Grave concerns for NSW workers compensation scheme
By Bernard McAuley, Solicitor
McAuley Hawach Lawyers
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