Reviews and appeals
The Workers’ Compensation Regulator is responsible for undertaking reviews of decisions and managing appeals under Chapter 13 of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. This function is subsequently delegated and undertaken by the Office of Industrial Relations.
The Office of Industrial Relations is independent of WorkCover Queensland and self-insurers. It is an independent decision maker.
If you are unhappy with an insurer’s decision on a claim, you can seek a review. Reviews of decisions made by an insurer are conducted by the Office of Industrial Relations on behalf of the Workers’ Compensation Regulator.
If you are unhappy with the review decision, you can appeal it. The Office of Industrial Relations will manage the appeal on behalf of the Workers’ Compensation Regulator.
Review of decision
A worker, claimant or employer can apply to the Office of Industrial Relations for a review of some decisions of insurers. The review service is free, however should you engage a solicitor to help you prepare your review application you will be responsible for this cost.
The review process does not involve an investigation or process of inquiry. It is an administrative review, on the papers, to see whether an independent review officer, given the same information as the original decision-maker, will independently reach the same, or a different, conclusion.
Some decisions that can be reviewed:
- the decision to accept or reject a claim
- the decision to end compensation payments or increase or decrease compensation payment amounts
- the failure to make a decision on a claim within 20 business days from when the claim was lodged.
When an insurer has made a decision on a claim, you can ask the insurer for a reason for decision document within 20 business days of being notified of the decision. This document will outline the insurer made the decision. The insurer has five business days to supply you with this document. Once you've received the reason for decision, if you are still unhappy with the decision, you'll be able to proceed with a review. A review must be lodged with the Office of Industrial Relations within three months of receiving the insurers written reasons for their decision.
Use the below links to learn more or lodge your review application.
Contact the Office of Industrial Relations for more information.
Call 1300 739 021
For Reviews (07) 3020 6375
For Appeals (07) 3020 6309
Reviews and Appeals Unit
Office of Industrial Relations
GPO Box 10119
BRISBANE QLD 4000
The Queensland Government also provides funding to peak worker and employer groups to provide an independent advisory and education service for Queensland workers and employers on workers’ compensation issues. For assistance, contact:
Queensland Council of Unions (QCU)
Operated by the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU), the workers’ advisory service was established to assist Queensland workers understand their rights and entitlements under the workers’ compensation scheme in Queensland.
Contact the QCU
Website: Queensland Council of Unions (QCU)
Phone: (07) 3010 2555
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
Operated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), the employers' advisory service was established to enable an improved level of understanding of the workers compensation process to Queensland employers.
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
Phone: 1300 365 855
QIRC Workers’ Compensation Appeals Service for self-represented appellants
LawRight is a non-profit community legal centre which may be able to offer free and independent legal advice and assistance for self-represented appellants who are appealing a review decision by the Office of Industrial Relations in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). You can apply for assistance from LawRight using the application form available at www.lawright.org.au. You can contact LawRight at:
Telephone: 07 3239 6559
Fax: 07 3846 6311
Post: LawRight, PO Box 3631, SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101.
A worker, claimant or employer can apply to the Office of Industrial Relations for a review of some decisions of insurers. You can find the application for review form here.
Workers and claimants who are unhappy with some insurer claim decisions can apply to the Office of Industrial Relations for a review. You can complete the Application for Review form online here.
Workers and claimants who are unhappy with the review decision can appeal to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
Appeal process for employers on any reviews completed by the Office of Industrial Relations.
Representing workers, claimants and employers who are appealing against an Office of Industrial Relations review decision.
Information on common law claim reviews.
Reviews and appeals frequently asked questions.
Contact the Review and Appeals Unit for more information.
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