Insurance Update: Return to work disputes – Section 143Q

Section 143Q of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 provides a mechanism for the resolution of disputes concerning return to work and injury management.  The process is intended to facilitate the prompt and efficient resolution of such disputes with minimal formality and early intervention with key stakeholders.  However, insurers need to be aware that if that early intervention does not see the dispute resolved, the notification to the Tribunal will be deemed to be a formal referral, which in turn attracts further time and cost.

Here the operation of s.143Q is examined by reference to the recent decision in Allianz Australia Limited v L. [2016] TASWRCT 10.

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