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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 135

(Question No. 1237)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Human Services, upon notice, on 17 March 1994:

  (1) Have any assurances ever been given to any South Australian nursing home that any bonuses paid as a result of participation in the WorkCover Corporations Safety Achiever Bonus Scheme (SABS) would not be recovered by the Commonwealth; if so, what was the basis for these assurances and does the Commowealth intend to abide by them; if not, why not.

  (2) What, if any, financial or other recognition is provided by the Commonwealth of the costs incurred by homes participating in workers' compensation bonus schemes such as SABS.

  (3) Does the Commonwealth's cost reimbursement system entail reimbursement of costs incurred by homes participating in workers' compensation bonus schemes.


Senator Crowley —The Minister for Human Services and Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) No assurances have been given to any South Australian nursing homes that any bonuses paid as a result of participation in SABS would not be recovered by the Commonwealth.

  (2) & (3) Under the cost reimbursement system for workers' compensation there is no recognition of the costs incurred by homes participating in workers' compensation bonus schemes.

  Any reduction in premium resulting from the bonuses for the period 1 July 1993 to 16 November 1993 when a State averaging system was in place will be kept by the home. It is possible that some homes may not realise that this situation changed on 17 November 1993.

  Following the disallowance by the Senate on 17 November 1993 of Principles providing for the averaging system, the issue of funding for workers compensation cost has been referred to the second stage of Professor Gregory's Review of the Structure of Nursing Home Funding Arrangements.