Date: Tuesday December 19, 2017 State: NSW

Statutory review of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 - final report

On the 15 December, the statutory review of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 was released. The purpose of the review was to examine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid, and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.  

The statutory review made 5 key recommendations:

Recommendation 1

That icare publish minutes and communiques of its board meetings and the statement of business intent prepared in accordance with s 11 of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015.

Recommendation 2

That SIRA undertake the necessary work to ensure the timely publication of workers compensation statistical bulletins, within six months of the end of the financial year to which they refer.

Recommendation 3  

That SIRA commence work on developing comprehensive real-time data for workers compensation claims, including visualisation tools such as a dashboard.

Recommendation 4  

That the NSW Government introduce legislative amendments to give SIRA statutory information collection and sharing powers in the area of workers compensation, modelled on the equivalent provisions in the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 for compulsory third party insurance.

Recommendation 5

That the NSW Government note the evidence received in this review concerning the relationship between icare and SIRA, and SIRA and SafeWork NSW’s effectiveness in carrying out their enforcement and compliance functions, and keep a watching brief on these issues for consideration as part of the five-year statutory review of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015.

To access the report, click HERE.