Big trouble in little Adelaide

Sean Gleeson

A decision by the Supreme Court has thrown the South Australia's workers' compensation regime into disarray once again, and could pave the way for interstate legal challenges to the powers of Medical Panels.

The Supreme Court of South Australia yesterday ruled that part of the state government’s controversial 2008 amendments to the WorkCover laws were invalid. Facing the spiralling cost of WorkCover SA’s unfunded liabilities, the Rann Government restructured the process for determining the continuation of long-term workers compensation claims. Borrowing heavily from Victorian legislation, the amendments gave WorkCover SA the ability t...

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Published 27 June, 2011