This edition was issued on 15 December 2023
In this final edition for 2023, I wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in what has been the busiest and most productive year for the Commission. Since our inception in 2021, we have achieved significant outcomes for injured people in New South Wales.
Standout achievements for 2023 are the implementation of the Pathway single digital portal for motor accident matters and our diligent work in reducing the number of matters on hand.
There are many other achievements for the year that I am very pleased with, and I encourage you to see a summary of them on pages 12-15 of the Annual Review 2022-23.
I am extremely proud and honoured to lead an organisation that is making a positive difference for injured people every day. This is only possible through the dedication and application of an exceptional group of people, for whom I am deeply thankful.
Below you will find a short item about the Damages and Cost Calculators for motor accidents matters, as well as a reminder about the Commission’s shutdown arrangements over the holiday period.
In closing, I want to wish everyone a very merry festive season filled with happiness and peace. I would sincerely like to thank you for your extraordinary efforts and commitment. Wishing you all a safe, joyful, and revitalising holiday season.
I will be in touch with another edition of the Personal Injury Commission News in the new year.
Judge Gerard Phillips
Damages and Costs Calculators
The current version of the ‘Damages and Costs Calculators’ for both the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 and Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 are now available here. These calculators are designed to assist members in providing accurate and consistent costs assessments in accordance with the relevant Acts and Regulations and are also a useful tool for practitioners.
The ‘Damages and Costs Calculators’ will be updated on 1 October each year.
The Commission’s operations will completely close from Monday 25 December 2023 to Friday 5 January 2024 with normal operations to resume on Monday 8 January 2024.
Key dates to note:
- The last official sitting day of the Commission is Friday 15 December 2023. However, matters may be listed by exception during the week of 18 December 2023.
- There will be no medical assessments conducted between Monday 25 December 2023 and Friday 5 January 2024.
- Medical Assessment Certificates will be issued up to Friday 15 December 2023 and from Monday 8 January 2024.
- Workers Compensation Post MAC Certificates of Determination and Medical Appeal Panel Certificates will be issued up to Friday 22 December 2023 and from Monday 8 January 2024.
- Motor Accident Medical Review Panel Certificates will be issued up to Friday 22 December 2023 and from Monday 8 January 2024.
- Certificates of Determination and Directions issued by Members will be issued up to Friday 22 December 2023 and after Monday 8 January 2024.
- Commission events will recommence on Monday 8 January 2024.
All applications, including appeals and reviews, that are lodged during the shutdown period will be taken as registered at the time they are lodged with the Commission. Please note that documents lodged with the Commission will still need to comply with the relevant legislation and rules.
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