WorkCover 2011 Special Report - The Year of Uncertainty, Out of the Spotlight or Rabbit Stew?


In March and again in May, John reflected upon a range of issues that were likely to impact upon the WorkCover scheme in South Australia.

The issue of the legitimacy of the medical panel and its ability to bind the Workers Compensation Tribunal was highlighted because of the significance of the expected Supreme Court decision in the matters of Campbell and Yaghoubi. Also of significance was the expected decision in the matter of Davey, the impact of which would bear heavily upon the manner in which determinations of work capacity are made. John referred to the review of the 2008 WorkCover reforms undertaken by Bill Cossey and Chris Latham and he postulated that, “it seems doubtful that the review will support a view that the scheme has demonstrated a sustained financial turnaround”.

We now know the outcome of the Campbell, Yaghoubi and Davey decisions and the “Cossey Review” has been released. It is fair to say that an assessment of each provokes more questions than answers and promotes the validity of John's assessment that, so far as WorkCover is concerned, 2011 will continue to be a year of uncertainty.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Michael Walsh | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Michael Walsh on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.