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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2016) . . Page.. 1239 ..

Thursday, 7 April 2016

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Corbell for this sitting due to his attendance at a Ministerial Council meeting in Perth.

Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Amendment Bill 2016

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Madam Speaker, today I am pleased to present the Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Amendment Bill 2016. The bill amends the Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Act 2014, the Workers Compensation Act 1951 and the Workers Compensation Regulation 2002. It implements a statutory indemnity insurance scheme to cover the treatment and care needs of persons catastrophically injured as a result of a private sector work accident in the ACT.

As part of the heads of agreement of 19 April 2013 between the commonwealth and the ACT to establish the full national disability insurance scheme in the territory, the ACT government committed to implementing arrangements for lifetime care coverage for people who are catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle or work accident, through a national injury insurance scheme.

The Productivity Commission recommended in its report into disability care and support published on 31 July 2011 the implementation in all jurisdictions of a national injury insurance scheme offering no-fault lifetime treatment and care for those catastrophically injured. The commission’s recommendation was to address the inequity of access to lifetime care for catastrophically injured persons.

The NIIS’s aims are twofold: to provide a consistent and adequate system of lifetime care and support for the catastrophically injured, regardless of how or where the

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