To: local politician
Restoring fairness to injured workers
"WorkSafe agents continue to make unreasonable decisions, the dispute process can be time-consuming, stressful and costly, and WorkSafe is too often unwilling or unable to deal with complaints from injured workers" (DB,2019)
An independent review of the agent model to determine whether WorkSafe Victorian and its agent should continue to manage workover claims.
Why is this important?
At the end of the 2017-18, 18,519 workers have an active work cover claim in Victoria. 25 % of these claims are complex workover claims by workers who are not able to return to work and face multiple and cumulative adverse impacts, including ongoing financial strain, family tensions, subsequent health concerns, and adverse employment experiences.
My name is Vasalia Govender, and I would like your help to change the workover system for injured workers.
Our WorkCover system requires an overhaul, at least in its validation of injured workers claims and the unnecessary delays in finalising applications for compensation. Injured workers must receive early assistance to apply for work cover claims and treatment to aid a triumphant return to work.