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WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT 1987 - SECT 32A

Definitions

32A Definitions

(1) In this Division and in Schedule 3--

"fair work instrument" means--
(a) a fair work instrument (other than an FWA order) within the meaning of the Fair Work Act 2009 of the Commonwealth, or
(b) a transitional instrument within the meaning of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 of the Commonwealth.

"first entitlement period" , in relation to a claim for compensation in the form of weekly payments made by a worker, means an aggregate period not exceeding 13 weeks (whether or not consecutive) in respect of which a weekly payment has been paid or is payable to the worker.

"maximum weekly compensation amount" means the maximum weekly compensation amount under section 34.

"second entitlement period" , in relation to a claim for compensation in the form of weekly payments made by a worker, means an aggregate period of 117 weeks (whether or not consecutive) after the expiry of the first entitlement period in respect of which a weekly payment has been paid or is payable to the worker.

"suitable employment" , in relation to a worker, means employment in work for which the worker is currently suited--
(a) having regard to--
(i) the nature of the worker's incapacity and the details provided in medical information including, but not limited to, any certificate of capacity supplied by the worker (under section 44B), and
(ii) the worker's age, education, skills and work experience, and
(iii) any plan or document prepared as part of the return to work planning process, including an injury management plan under Chapter 3 of the 1998 Act, and
(iv) any occupational rehabilitation services that are being, or have been, provided to or for the worker, and
(v) such other matters as the Workers Compensation Guidelines may specify, and
(b) regardless of--
(i) whether the work or the employment is available, and
(ii) whether the work or the employment is of a type or nature that is generally available in the employment market, and
(iii) the nature of the worker's pre-injury employment, and
(iv) the worker's place of residence.

"work capacity assessment" means a work capacity assessment under section 44A.

"work capacity decision" --see section 43.

"worker with high needs" means a worker whose injury has resulted in permanent impairment and--
(a) the degree of permanent impairment has been assessed for the purposes of Division 4 to be more than 20%, or
(b) an assessment of the degree of permanent impairment is pending and has not been made because an approved medical specialist has declined to make the assessment on the basis that maximum medical improvement has not been reached and the degree of permanent impairment is not fully ascertainable, or
Note : Paragraph (b) no longer applies once the degree of permanent impairment has been assessed.
(c) the insurer is satisfied that the degree of permanent impairment is likely to be more than 20%,
and includes a worker with highest needs.

"worker with highest needs" means a worker whose injury has resulted in permanent impairment and--
(a) the degree of permanent impairment has been assessed for the purposes of Division 4 to be more than 30%, or
(b) an assessment of the degree of permanent impairment is pending and has not been made because an approved medical specialist has declined to make the assessment on the basis that maximum medical improvement has not been reached and the degree of permanent impairment is not fully ascertainable, or
Note : Paragraph (b) no longer applies once the degree of permanent impairment has been assessed.
(c) the insurer is satisfied that the degree of permanent impairment is likely to be more than 30%.
(2) Words and expressions in this Division that are defined in Schedule 3 have the meanings provided by that Schedule. The regulations may amend Schedule 3.
Note : Definitions include
"current work capacity" ,
"current weekly earnings" and
"pre-injury average weekly earnings" .



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