Work injuries in Victoria may be compensated in two different ways.
- The first is by way of the Acts of parliament regulating the system of workers compensation. This is dealt with in the first section of this chapter.
- The second is if the An act that breaches a duty to take reasonable care and results in loss or damage to another person. See also tort. of an employer or of a fellow worker is involved, in which case a (1) The system of law developed by the English courts through precedent and adopted in ‘common law countries’ in the British Commonwealth (as opposed to Roman law (civil law) or ecclesiastical law). (2) The case law made by judges in that system. (3) Case law that is not part of the law of equity. (4) Historically, the rules of law common to all people in England, as distinct from local or customary laws. claim may be able to be made. This is dealt with in the second section of this chapter.
The Accident Compensation A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 1985 (Vic) (‘1985 Act’) applies to the entitlement for work injures which occurred between 1 September 1985 and 30 June 2014.
On 1 July 2014, the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) (‘WIRC Act’) commenced. This Act applies to the entitlement for work injuries that occur on or after 1 July 2014.
The 1985 Act and the WIRC Act are very similar as to entitlements and benefits, although the numbering of provisions is different.
Unless otherwise indicated, this chapter refers to work injuries sustained on or after 1 July 2014. All legislative references are to the WIRC Act unless otherwise indicated.