Work Cover

Work Cover

ASPS lobbies state-based workers compensation agencies for changes to the Fees Order. Visit the workers compensation website for your state for a list of the most current Fee Orders.

ACT – WorkSafe

NSW – SIRA (prev WorkCover Authority)

NT – Worksafe

QLD – WorkCover

SA – WorkCover Corporation

TAS – WorkCover

VIC – WorkSafe

NSW – State Insurance Regulatory Authority Surgeons Fees Order 2017

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has sent correspondence regarding the fees applicable for medical service commencing 1 January 2017 and contains the following:

Letter to Surgeons
Surgeons Fees Order 2017

NSW – State Insurance Regulatory Authority Surgeons Fees Order 2016

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has sent correspondanceregarding the fees applicable for medical service commencing 1 January 2016 and contains the following:

Letter to Surgeons
Surgeons Fees Order 2016
Fact sheet regarding the changes to Work Cover and establishment of SIRA

NSW – Workers Compensation Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 4th edition

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has gazetted the NSW workers compensation guidelines for the evelaution of permanent impairment 4th edition. The letter to ASPS, guidelines and the accompanying summary of changes are below:

Letter to ASPS, Nov 2015
Workers Compensation Guidelines
Summary of changes from the 3rd to the 4th edition

NSW – Independent Medical Examiners

A regulatory review is being undertaken by the Workers Compensation Regulator on independent medical examinations (IME). Read the bulletin about IMEs.

NSW – Workers Compensation Amendment (Existing Claims) Regulation 2014

On 3 September 2014 the NSW Government introduced a number of enhancements to workers compensation entitlements. The changes (effective 1 Oct 2014) are explained in the letter to ASPS and associated documents below:

Letter to ASPS, Sept 2014
Fact Sheet
Q&A for workers

NSW – WorkCover NSW complaints regarding billing practices, May 2014

May 2014, the A/ General Manager of WorkCover Authority of NSW sent a letter to ASPS regarding breaches of sections 339(3) and 330 of the Acts in relation to maximum fees and direct billing of injured workers. Read the letter for more information.

NSW Workers Compensation (Surgeon Fees) Order 2014

New South Wales Government Gazette No. 177 contains the Workers Compensation (Surgeon Fees) Order for 2014. Attached to the Fees Order is the letter to surgeons (Dec 2013). The Order commences on 1 January 2014 and includes three schedules:
– SCHEDULE A – Maximum Fees for Surgeon
– SCHEDULE B – Billing Items used in Hand Surgery
– SCHEDULE C – Billing Items used in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

WorkCover NSW Representative

WorkCover NSW appointed Shireen Senewiratne (QLD) as the representative for plastic surgeons on the hand surgery panel commencing January 2012. Oversight will remain with ASPS Fees Committee as delegated by ASPS Council. Download Graham Sellars’ (Chairman, NSW Chapter of ASPS) Letter to Members (Jan 2012).

NSW WorkCover Legislation Review

Since early 2011 the NSW Government has been reviewing NSW Work Cover legislation. ASPS made a formal submission in response to the discussion papers. Download ASPS’ submission (Feb 2011).

WorkCover convened a meeting at AMA NSW headquarters on 1 Nov 2012 to assist in educating practitioners on the reforms. Download the summary presentation (Nov 2012).


QLD WorkCover

Upper limb surgery guidelines 2015

WorkCover Queensland monitors trends in the treatment and use of item codes through analysis of state-wide data to help ensure injured workers receive optimal quality of care whilst maintaining a financially viable scheme.

Download a copy of WorkCover QLD’s Upper limb surgery guidelines.

Surgeons Fees Order 2015

The new fees apply from 1st December 2014. Download your copy of the Medical table of costs for 2015.

For other Current medical fees, visit the WorkCover QLD website.

Workers Compensation Legislation changes

(October 2013) Queensland Parliament has passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, and Royal assent has been given. Information on what the changes mean for stakeholders, changes in relation to pre-existing conditions and rights and responsibilities of people applying for work is available from the WorkCover Qld website. Read more.