10:05 pm, Wednesday 23 May, 2012
SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles believe that as retirement age grows, there will be some people caught in the gap between when they can claim WorkCover benefits for an injury and when they can retire officially.
“Under the existing rules, people can only claim WorkCover benefits up until the age of 65 but the pensionable age will rise to 67 in 2017.”
Ms Giles said that as WorkCover go through a major overhaul, it is essential that this small change is passed to make sure that older South Australian workers are protected.
“Our first preference is always that people are not injured in the first place, but we need to have decent support systems in place if they are.”
“This is a sensible amendment and I urge all Members of Parliament to support it.”
A news release by SA Unions explained that the amendment will change s.35 of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986, so that there is gradual increase in the relevant age to match the incremental increase in the qualifying age for the age pension.