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Health and Other Services (Compensation) Administration Fees Bill 1994



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House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Human Services and Health

Commencement: On the day on which the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Bill 1994 commences. Refer to the Digest for that Bill for further information.

Purpose

To impose a fee on compensation payers to contribute towards the cost of administering the benefit recovery scheme established by the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Bill 1994.

Background

Refer to the Digest for the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Bill 1994 for details of the benefit recovery scheme.

The Explanatory memorandum estimates that the administration fee will raise approximately $10 million per year.

Main Provisions

The Bill will apply to a compensation judgement, settlement or reimbursement agreement entered into or made after commencement of the Bill, whether the injury occurred before or after commencement (clause 4).

The administration fee will be payable if a compensation judgement, settlement or reimbursement agreement has been made or entered into in respect to an injury to a compensable person and an amount is payable to the Commonwealth to reimburse health or nursing home benefits. The fee will not be payable if the amount of the fee would exceed the amount that is payable to the Commonwealth (clause 5).

The amount of fee will be:

* if the compensation judgement, settlement or reimbursement agreement is notified within 5 years of the injury, $150 or such other amount to a maximum of $500 as prescribed by regulation;

* if notification is made after this period, $300 or such other amount to a maximum of $500 as prescribed by regulation (clause 6).

The fee will be payable by the insurer if the notifiable person is an insurer, or, in other cases, the compensation payer (clause 7).

Chris Field (Ph. 06 2772439)

Bills Digest Service 7 December 1994

Parliamentary Research Service

This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

Commonwealth of Australia 1994.

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1994.