Sunday 15th January 2017
The NSW Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, which came into effect on 19 June 2012, effectively removed coverage for employees travelling to and from their place of employment, except in special circumstances.
Because of this, the Association has obtained Journey Accident Insurance for its financial members. This insurance took effect from 5pm on 18 September 2012.
The Journey Accident insurance does not replace the previous workers compensation arrangements, but does provide for financial members up to 70 years of age with:
There is an aggregate limit of $15,000,000 in any one year.
All financial members of the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association are covered. It is important to note that you must be a financial member of the Association at the time of the accident to be covered under this policy.
Scope of cover
The scope of cover is events previously covered under the NSW Workers Compensation Act for employees injured whilst travelling directly to and from work and whilst travelling during recess breaks.
Uncertainty about the new workers compensation laws will remain for some time until the laws are tested before the courts. The Association will work closely with its members, our legal advisers and insurers to assist members to work through these complexities.
Claims reporting process
If you are injured travelling to or from work, you should lodge a workers compensation claim with your employer.
If your claim is denied or your employer refuses to accept your claim, you should advise the Association immediately. A specific claim form for Journey Accident insurance will be forwarded to you on request. Complete the claim form and return it, along with any documentation relating to your workers compensation claim, to the Association via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (02) 9662 1414. We will: