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SAFETY, REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION ACT 1988 - SECT 25

Interim payment of compensation

             (1)  Where Comcare:

                     (a)  makes a determination that an employee is suffering from a permanent impairment as a result of an injury; and

                     (b)  is satisfied that the degree of the impairment is equal to or more than 10% but has not made a final determination of the degree of impairment;

Comcare shall, on the written request of the employee made at any time before the final determination is made, make an interim determination of the degree of permanent impairment under section 24 and assess an amount of compensation payable to the employee.

             (2)  The amount assessed by Comcare under subsection (1) shall be an amount that is the same percentage of the maximum amount specified in subsection 24(9) as the percentage determined by Comcare under subsection (1) to be the degree of permanent impairment of the employee.

             (3)  Where, after an amount of compensation has been paid to an employee following the making of an interim determination, Comcare makes a final determination of the degree of permanent impairment of the employee, there is payable to the employee an amount equal to the difference (if any) between the amount payable under section 24 on the making of the final determination and the amount paid to the employee under this section.

             (4)  Where Comcare has made a final assessment of the degree of permanent impairment of an employee (other than a hearing loss), no further amounts of compensation shall be payable to the employee in respect of a subsequent increase in the degree of impairment, unless the increase is 10% or more.

             (5)  If Comcare has made a final assessment of the degree of permanent impairment of an employee constituted by a hearing loss, no further amounts of compensation are payable to the employee in respect of a subsequent increase in the hearing loss, unless the subsequent increase in the degree of binaural hearing loss is 5% or more.



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