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Accident Compensation and Other Legislation

    (Amendment) Act 2006

    Act No. 41/2006

    TABLE OF PROVISIONS

    Section Page

    PART 1PRELIMINARY 1 1. Purpose 1 2. Commencement 2 PART 2ACCIDENT COMPENSATION ACT 1985 4 3. Amendment of section 5A 4 4. Amendment of section 16Sporting contestants 5 5. Extension of second entitlement period to 130 weeks 6 6. Amendment of section 52DAppointment of Conciliation

    Officers 7 7. Amendment of section 52EEngagement of Conciliation

    Officers 7 8. Amendment of section 55Lodging of disputes 8 9. Amendment of section 91Assessment of impairment 8 10. Amendment of section 91CRecognition of previous

    determinations 9 11. Amendment of section 92ARevised compensation for death

    of worker 10 12. Consequential amendment of section 100 10 13. Partial return to work benefits 12 14. New section 93EA inserted 13

    93EA. Compensation for incapacity arising after retirement

    age 13 15. Amendments consequential on section 14 15 16. Amendment of section 99 15 17. Amendment of section 99(13) 17 18. Amendment of section 104BSeparation of impairment

    benefit 17 19. Amendment of section 104BClaims initiated by Authority

    or self-insurer 20 20. Termination or alteration of weekly payments 24 21. Amendment of section 114BTermination of weekly

    payments after expiry of entitlement period 25 22. Amendment of section 114E 25

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    Section Page 23. Amendment of section 129MEMeaning of substantive law 26 24. Amendment of section 134AB(4) 26 25. Repeals 27 26. New Division 7 inserted into Part IX 27

    Division 7Accident Compensation and Other

    Legislation (Amendment) Act 2006 27

    287. Section 5A 27

    288. Section 16 27

    289. Sections 43, 50, 93C, 93CB and 93E 28

    290. Section 91 29

    291. Section 92A 30

    292. Sections 93B, 93CB and 93CD 30

    293. Section 93EA 30

    294. Section 99 30

    295. Sections 114 and 114B 31 PART 3ACCIDENT COMPENSATION (WORKCOVER

    INSURANCE) ACT 1993 32 27. New section 31B inserted 32

    31B. Default penalty where failure to provide full and true

    disclosure 32 PART 4EMERGENCY SERVICES SUPERANNUATION

    ACT 1986 34 28. Amendment of section 9 34 PART 5TRANSPORT ACCIDENT ACT 1986 35 29. Amendment of section 15 35 30. Amendment of section 46A 35 PART 6WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT 1958 37 31. Amendment of section 3Definitions 37 32. Amendment of section 9 37 33. New section 12A inserted 38

    12A. Certificate by a registered medical practitioner 38 34. Amendment of section 19 39 35. New sections 19A and 19B inserted 39

    19A. Reference under section 19 39

    19B. Procedure relating to references under section 19 41 36. Amendment of section 20 42 37. Amendment of section 21Proclamation of diseases 42 38. Repeal of section 24 42 39. Amendment of section 27Medical examinations 42 40. Amendment of section 29 43

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    Section Page 41. New section 31A inserted 43

    31A. Transitional provision 43 42. Amendment of section 45 44 43. New section 72C inserted 45

    72C. Proof of identity 45 44. Amendment of section 85 45 45. New sections 98A and 98B inserted 45

    98A. Additional amounts paid under section 2A 45

    98B. Recompense from the Fund for additional amounts paid

    under section 2A 46 46. New sections 112A and 112B inserted 46

    112A. Additional amounts paid under section 2G 46

    112B. Recompense from the Fund for additional amounts paid

    under section 2G 47 47. New Third Schedule inserted 47

    THIRD SCHEDULEList of Diseases Proclaimed 47 PART 7WRONGS ACT 1958 51 48. Section 28LI substituted 51

    28LI. Assessment of certain impairments 51

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    ENDNOTES 55

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    Victoria

    No. 41 of 2006

    Accident Compensation and Other

    Legislation (Amendment) Act 2006

    [Assented to 25 July 2006]

The Parliament of Victoria enacts as follows:

    PART 1PRELIMINARY

     1. Purpose

    The purpose of this Act is to amend

     (a) the Accident Compensation Act 1985 to

     (i) increase certain benefits under the Act;

     (ii) improve the operation of the Act;

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     (b) the Accident Compensation (WorkCover

    Insurance) Act 1993 to provide for a default

    penalty if there is a failure to provide full and

    true disclosure in respect of matters relating

    to the calculation of premium;

     (c) the Emergency Services Superannuation

    Act 1986 to continue the appointment of

    deputies of members of the Emergency

    Services Superannuation Board;

     (d) the Transport Accident Act 1986 to

     (i) clarify the power to appoint a

    Chairperson of the Board of

    Management of the Transport Accident

    Commission; and

     (ii) provide for "The Guide to the

    Evaluation of Psychiatric Impairment

    for Clinicians" to be used in assessing

    the degree of psychiatric impairment;

     (e) the Workers Compensation Act 1958 to

    include necessary provisions from the

    Workers Compensation Regulations 1995 so

    that those regulations are no longer required;

     (f) the Wrongs Act 1958 to enable specified

    guidelines to be used in the assessment of

    certain impairments.

     2. Commencement

     (1) This Part, sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 25 and 26, and

    Parts 4, 5 and 7 come into operation on the day

    after the day on which this Act receives the Royal

    Assent.

     (2) Section 17(1) is deemed to have come into

    operation on 20 October 1999.

     (3) Sections 4, 18 and 24 are deemed to have come

    into operation on 1 June 2006.

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     (4) Sections 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17(2), 19,

    20, 21, 22 and 23 and Part 3 are deemed to have

    come into operation on 1 July 2006.

     (5) Part 6 comes into operation on 5 August 2006.

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    PART 2ACCIDENT COMPENSATION ACT 1985

     3. Amendment of section 5A

     (1) After section 5A(1) of the Accident

    Compensation Act 1985 insert

     "(1AA) For the purposes of sub-section (1), in

    calculating weekly payments of pension

    under section 92B for the first 26 weeks after

    the death of the worker, if

     (a) the worker, during the relevant period

    under sub-section (1), worked paid

    overtime; and

     (b) it is likely that the worker would have

    worked paid overtime at any time

    during that first 26 week period if not

    for the death of the worker resulting

    from, or materially contributed to, by

    an injury which entitles the worker's

    dependants to compensation

    an additional amount calculated under sub-

    section (1C) is to be included in the worker's

    pre-injury average weekly earnings.

     (1AB) For the purposes of sub-section (1), in

    calculating weekly payments of pension

    under section 92B for the first 26 weeks after

    the death of the worker, if

     (a) the worker, during the relevant period

    under sub-section (1), carried out shift

    work that attracted a shift allowance;

    and

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     (b) it is likely that the worker would have

    carried out shift work attracting a shift

    allowance at any time during that first

    26 week period if not for the death of

    the worker resulting from, or materially

    contributed to, by an injury which

    entitles the worker's dependants to

    compensation

    an additional amount calculated under sub-

    section (1C) is to be included in the worker's

    pre-injury average weekly earnings.".

     (2) In section 5A(1C) of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 after "sub-sections" insert "(1AA),

    (1AB),".

     (3) In section 5A(1D) of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 after "sub-sections" insert "(1AB),".

     (4) In section 5A(4) of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 after "sub-sections" insert "(1AA),

    (1AB),".

     4. Amendment of section 16Sporting contestants

    After section 16(8) of Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 insert

     "(9) This section is deemed to have been enacted

    as amended by section 8(1) of the Accident

    Compensation (Miscellaneous

    Amendment) Act 1997.

     Note: The effect of this provision is that the

    amendments made by section 8(1) of the

    Accident Compensation (Miscellaneous

    Amendment) Act 1997 have effect as from

    30 July 1985.".

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     5. Extension of second entitlement period to 130 weeks

     (1) In section 43(2) of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 for "104" substitute "130".

     (2) After section 50(2) of the Accident

    Compensation Act 1985 insert

     "(2AA) Sub-sections (3) to (6) do not apply in

    proceedings before the County Court

    commenced before the commencement of

    section 5 of the Accident Compensation

    and Other Legislation (Amendment) Act

    2006 if the only reason why those sub-

    sections would apply is because of the

    amendment of section 43 by that section.".

     (3) For section 93C(2A) of the Accident

    Compensation Act 1985 substitute

     '(2A) The procedure specified in section 93CD

    applies in respect of a claim for weekly

    payments specified in sub-section (1) as if

     (a) sub-sections (1) to (4) of section 93CD

    were incorporated in this section with

    such modifications as are necessary;

    and

     (b) in sub-sections (1) and (3) of section

    93CD for "second entitlement period

    within the meaning of section 93CB(1)"

    there were substituted "aggregate

    period of 104 weeks in respect of which

    a weekly payment has been paid or is

    payable to the worker".'.

     (4) In section 93CB(1) of the Accident

    Compensation Act 1985 for "104" substitute

    "130".

     (5) In section 93E of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 for "104" (where twice occurring)

    substitute "130".

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     (6) In section 117(a) of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 before "the worker" insert "the claim

    for the payment of weekly payments was received

    by the Authority or a self-insurer before 1 January

    2005 and".

     (7) After section 117(a) of the Accident

    Compensation Act 1985 insert

     "(aa) the claim for the payment of weekly

    payments was received by the Authority or

    self-insurer on or after 1 January 2005 and

    the worker

     (i) is over the age of 55 years; and

     (ii) has no current work capacity and is

    likely to continue indefinitely to have

    no current work capacity; and

     (iii) has been receiving weekly payments

    for at least 130 weeks; or".

     6. Amendment of section 52DAppointment of

    Conciliation Officers

    In section 52D(2) of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 for "Governor in Council" substitute

    "Minister".

     7. Amendment of section 52EEngagement of

    Conciliation Officers

     (1) In section 52E(2) of the Accident Compensation

    Act 1985 for "A" substitute "Unless sub-section

    (3A) applies, a".

     (2) After section 52E(3) of the Accident

    Compensation Act 1985 insert

     "(3A) The Minister may approve in writing any

    written variation approved by a Conciliation

    Officer in the terms and conditions on which

    the Conciliation Officer is engaged.".

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