05 / 05 / 2021

New laws in Victoria to speed up the resolution process workers' compensation disputes – and save injured workers the time, money and stress of going to court.

The laws, which passed through Parliament on Tuesday 4 May, allow the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service to hear and make binding determinations on disputes not resolved by conciliation.

Under the new process, a hearing must start within 30 days of the dispute being referred to arbitration. Once an application for arbitration begins, a hearing will generally finish within 60 days with a determination made within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the hearing.

The faster and simpler process is expected to free up court capacity and encourage more injured Victorians to pursue a resolution of their dispute.

Read the full media release on the Premier's website for more information.