WorkCover Bill report calls for wider consultation

6 February 2024 Read the report

Watch Committee inquiry MPs speak about the report's nine findings and 20 recommendations.

The Victorian Government has been urged to quickly establish an independent expert panel to review the operation and viability of the state’s new WorkCover Scheme.

An Upper House Committee wants the probe to start within three months and have agreement of employee and employer organisations before inquiry members are appointed.

The Legislative Council Economy and Infrastructure Committee concluded there was a lack of consultation during the formation of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (WorkCover Scheme Modernisation) Bill.

It has urged the Government to consult quickly and meaningfully with relevant stakeholders, and a consultation report be tabled in the parliament before the Bill proceeds.

The Government is urged to undertake detailed and thorough discussions with business, unions, and injured workers and their advocates, many of whom felt ignored during the development of the legislation.

They were among the 28 witness groups who gave evidence at three days of public hearings held in December 2023. The inquiry also received 20 written submissions.

The Committee found the Bill’s proposed definition of ‘mental injury’ is not fit for purpose and peak mental health bodies should be consulted on any amendments.

The report is critical of proposed changes to eligibility for payments and entitlements to compensation as well.

You can read all 20 recommendations and nine findings on the Committee inquiry’s website.