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Changes to Eligibility for WorkCover Weekly Payments Beyond 130 Weeks:

Effective 31 March 2024, amendments to Victoria's WorkCover scheme will be implemented, these revisions introduce an additional criterion for continued receipt of weekly payments after the second entitlement period of 130 weeks, specifically concerning whole person impairment (WPI).

These changes will be applicable solely to claims reaching the 130-week mark on or after 31 March 2024.

About WPI:

Workers currently receiving weekly payments undergo a review prior to reaching 130 weeks of payments, known as the second entitlement period review. This review now entails two assessments:

  • The existing evaluation of the worker's work capacity.

  • A new assessment of WPI.

The WPI assessment gauges the extent of permanent whole person impairment stemming from a workplace injury or multiple injuries resulting from the same incident or conditions.

Only workers with a WPI of 21% or higher, alongside meeting the current capacity test, will qualify to continue receiving weekly payments post 130 weeks.

A WPI assessment might be waived if the worker's injury has not stabilized or if they have a progressive illness.

WPI Assessment:

Conducted by an independent impairment assessor, the WPI assessment follows the established process for assessing impairment under the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013.

Support for Transition:

Workers who are no longer eligible for weekly payments will receive a 13-week notice period before cessation of payments.

These individuals can access additional support, including psychosocial aid, training, or assistance in finding suitable employment opportunities to enhance their prospects of returning to work. WorkSafe will also provide occupational rehabilitation support to facilitate improved return-to-work outcomes.

The assessment of a worker's WPI will not impact their entitlement to reasonable medical and similar expenses.

If you are approaching the end of your 130 week period or have any concerns regarding your WorkCover claim, please contact us.

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