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SIRA is seeking your advice on the McDougall Review, COVID-19 and future opportunities for personal injury schemes
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What’s this about?

In April 2021, the Hon Robert McDougall QC handed down the icare and State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 Independent Review (McDougall review). At the same time, the NSW Standing Committee on Law and Justice handed down the 2020 review of the workers compensation scheme.

These reviews made specific recommendations that concern entitlements, thresholds, and costs in the NSW workers compensation scheme.

COVID-19 has created unprecedented community, workplace, and economic impacts and challenges. To date, SIRA has overseen the implementation of numerous measures to address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in its personal injury schemes. However, as the pandemic evolves, more measures may be needed to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on the scheme and outcomes for customers.

With any change or reform, there are opportunities to consider how outcomes can be improved for injured people. Observing the best features of other personal injury or compensation schemes or research developments into personal injury may provide alternative options to improve the experience and outcomes for injured people.

SIRA is seeking input into:

  • Reforms to thresholds and entitlements recommended in the McDougall Review
  • Reforms to thresholds, entitlements, and costs proposed in the 2020 Law and Justice Review
  • Options to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on customers of the workers compensation and CTP schemes
  • Preliminary ideas for modernising and aligning customer experience and support within the workers compensation and CTP schemes.

Have your say

Have your say by Thursday, 4 November 2021.

Refer to the discussion paper and the two ways you can submit your feedback listed below.  

Please note: SIRA may publish submissions on its website unless you request confidentiality.


Consultation period

From:7 October 2021
To:4 November 2021

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