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4.3.1 Interim Payment
Section 25 of the DRCA authorises an interim payment of compensation for permanent impairment where the impairment is expected to stabilise at 10% or more but a final assessment of the degree of impairment has not been made (e.g. because the current degree of impairment is not yet stable but a minimum level of impairment can be identified). Section 25 permits an injured member to access an amount of lump-sum compensation while waiting for his or her injuries and impairments to stabilise.
The DRCA authorises more than one interim payment with respect to a person’s accepted condition with the use of more interim decisions endorsed by the Commission. However the practice of determining multiple interim payments should be only done where there is no other option, otherwise delegates should consider wherever possible determining a final payment of PI under section 24.
Where the investigation is a reassessment of an interim payment, the delegate should ensure that deduction of the previous interim payment is made at the appropriate point later in the investigation.
An interim payment should be distinguished from:
- a final determination and payment of compensation under section 24
- a reassessment where a client who has received a final payment of compensation under section 24 seeks a fruther payment under section 25(4) because their overal degree of permanent impairment has increased by 10% or more, and
- compensation for permanent impairment arising from a completely different injury or disease.