Workplace injury rehabilitation and compensation

Accident Compensation

From July 1, WorkCover laws in Victoria will be simpler.

The Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (the WIRC Act) will become operational on 1 July 2014.

The WIRC Act honours the Victorian Government's election commitment to recast the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993 into a single Act that is simpler and easier to use. The WIRC Act can be found on the Parliament of Victoria website (The information can be found under the section: Victorian Statute Book> 2013> Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013)

The WIRC Act delivers on the Government's commitment to reduce the regulatory burden associated with workers compensation legislation.  It will make it easier for employers and workers to use the legislation and understand their rights, obligations and responsibilities.

The WIRC Act does not change the benefits available, nor does it change the way that premium is calculated. For more information, please see:

Comparison Tables

VWA has prepared  two comparison tables which list the clauses in the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and Accident Compensation  (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993, and the equivalent  clauses in the Workplace Injury  Rehabilitation and Compensation  Act 2013.

The tables can be found here:

Compliance with current legislation

Policies and guidelines set out how and when VWA will encourage compliance with the Accident Compensation Act (1985) and the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993 and prosecute offences. For more information, please see:

VWA's general prosecution guidelines set out VWA's criteria for and approach to all prosecutorial decisions and are issued pursuant to VWA's statutory obligations under the legislation it administers.