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5.8.2 Number of impairment points required for interim PI to be payable

One of the criteria for payment of interim PI is that the impairment suffered by the person must constitute a minimum number of IPs.  The number required varies according to the circumstances of each case as follows:

Claim for PI made prior to 1 July 2013

5.8.2.1 Where the claim for PI was made prior to 1 July 2013 the impairment suffered by the person as a result of the accepted conditions needs to be at least 10 IPs;

After the initial threshold of 10 impairment points is reached, subsequent interim payments can only be made where there is a further increase of at least 10 impairment points.  In cases where a single impairment is being assessed, this may simply require an increase in the relevant Table in GARP M of 10 IPs.  However, where multiple impairments are being assessed it would be necessary to demonstrate an overall increase of 10 IPs using the combined values Table in Chapter 18.  This interpretation is consistent with the examples provided in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Military Rehabilitation And Compensation Bill 2003.  It is important to note that the lower threshold of 5 impairment points for additional compensation under section 71 of the MRCA only applies to impairments that have stabilised (or the deterioration of those impairments have stabilised) as per 71(1)(b)(iv) and does not therefore apply to cases where interim compensation is being considered.

5.8.2.2 Where the claim for PI was made on or after 1 July 2013 and the conditions claimed would have been payable under section 68 if the conditions were stable, the impairment suffered by the person as a result of the accepted conditions needs to be at least 10 impairment points (or 5 for those conditions that have a lower threshold – see 5.2.1;

5.8.2.3 Where the claim for PI was made on or after 1 July 2013 and the conditions claimed would have been payable under section 71 if the conditions were stable, the impairment suffered by the person as a result of the accepted conditions needs to increase the person's overall impairment rating by at least 5 impairment points.