Private sector workers covered for catastrophic injuries from 1 July

Released 01/07/2016

Workers in the ACT who are catastrophically injured in a workplace accident will be able to access the Government’s Lifetime Care and Support (LTCS) Scheme from tomorrow, acting Chief Minister Simon Corbell announced today.

The ACT Government introduced the LTCS Scheme for Canberrans injured in motor accidents on 1 July 2014, following an agreement between the ACT and the Commonwealth, with a commitment to extend the Scheme to cover work injuries on 1 July 2016; and to consider other types of catastrophic injuries that may be included as part of the National Injury Insurance Scheme reforms.

The Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Amendment Bill 2016, which passed the ACT Legislative Assembly in May, represents the next stage of the commitment and broadens the Scheme to private sector workers.

The ACT Government is committed to doing everything we can to support Canberrans, and their families, that have suffered this type of life changing injury. This scheme aims to provide a consistent and adequate system of lifetime care and support for the catastrophically injured, regardless of how or where the injury occurred.

“This will help to relieve stress on those injured and their families. It will mean they will no longer need to seek a settlement, which may not have adequately covered their lifetime treatment and care needs,” Mr Corbell said.

Injured workers can now expect continual care during their whole lives and benefit from a Scheme that specifically caters to the needs of individuals with this level of injury.

The inclusion of work accidents will apply to catastrophic injuries that occur from 1 July 2016 and will include all types of injuries currently covered under the LTCS Scheme, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, amputations, severe burns and permanent blindness.

While an injured worker who is a lifetime participant of the LTCS Scheme can no longer claim for treatment and care under the Workers Compensation Act 1951, they will still be able to seek compensation under that Act for economic and non-economic loss.

The extension will be fully funded through a levy collected from workers compensation insurers and self-insurers. The ACT Government is consulting closely with insurers, self-insurers and other members of the Work Safety Council regarding implementation.

Visit the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme website for more information.

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