Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Regulations 2020
On 7 April 2020 and in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Director issued a Notice which enabled parties to lodge Memoranda of Agreement via e-mail. Section 92(f) Deeds and Common Law applications were able to be lodged via WorkCover WA Online (WCWA Online) from 22 June 2020.
In order to support the online Settlements and Common Law application functionality the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Regulations 1982 (Regulations) have been amended. The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Regulations 2020 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 and become operational with effect from Wednesday, 2 September 2020.
Therefore, as of 2 September 2020 the Settlements & Common Law module of WCWA Online will facilitate online lodgement of completed and scanned Memoranda of Agreement, in addition to the existing functionality enabling lodgement of Section 92(f) Deeds and Common Law applications.
In addition, the Amendment Regulations make use of the Settlements & Common Law module of WCWA Online mandatory for non-exempt parties and include other minor amendments for the smooth operation of online services. Unrepresented workers and uninsured employers are exempt parties however will be encouraged to use WCWA Online wherever possible.
A consolidated version of the Regulations can be accessed here.
From 2 September 2020 and as a result of the Amendment Regulations becoming operational, the Director’s Notice issued on 7 April 2020 (amended 19 June 2020) regarding electronic lodgement of Memoranda of Agreement and Section 92(f) Deeds is no longer in force.
For assistance related to signing up and using the Online module contact the CAS Online Helpdesk by e-mail CASonline@workcover.wa.gov.au.