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5.2.3 Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment
Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment 2023 (DRCA PI Guide)
The DRCA PI Guide is a document prepared by the MRCC, and approved by the Minister, in accordance with section 28 of the DRCA. Its purpose is to provide an objective basis for the assessment of the amount of lump-sum compensation for permanent impairment and non-economic loss payable to an injured employees covered under the DRCA (i.e. defence personnel).
Structure of the DRCA PI Guide
The DRCA PI Guide comprises:
Principles of Assessment;
Division 1 (Chapter 1 – 14):
Chapters 1 to 13 provide tables which are used to assess the degree of permanent impairment; and
Chapter 14 provides Table 14.1 'Combined Values Chart', used to combine whole person impairment ratings in certain scenarios;
Division 2 – Tables B1–B5 which are used to assess the degree of non-economic loss;
Division 3 – Worksheet C1 which is used to calculate the total entitlement to compensation for permanent impairment and non-economic loss.