Draft Permanent Impairment Guide consultation
The submission to Comcare in relation to its draft of Edition 3 of the Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment (approved Guide) was prepared by the Commonwealth Compensation and Employment Law Committee (CCELC) of the Law Council of Australia’s Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section.
The position of the CCELC is that there would appear to be no clear policy justification to prepare a new version of the approved Guide based on the methods set out in the draft of Edition 3 of the approved Guide. The CCELC submits that it would be preferable for Comcare to update Edition 2.1 of the approved Guide, taking into consideration the constructive feedback provided by Chapter III Courts and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in relation to Edition 2.1, rather than adopting the proposed methods set out in the draft of Edition 3 of the approved Guide or merely re-enacting Edition 2.1.
You can read the full submission below.