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7.5 Reassessments under the Repealed Acts
A reassessment occurs when a client who has received compensation under both the Compensation (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1971 or the Commonwealth Employees' Compensation Act 1930 seeks additional compensation where their overall degree impairment has increased.
Unlike reassessments under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) where additional compensation is only payable for an increase in impairment if it meets the prescribed threshold, additional amounts of compensation can be paid for any percentage increase in loss of efficient use under the 1971 Act and 1930 Act.
Therefore, a person can make a request for reassessment under the 1971 Act and 1930 Act where they believe their condition has worsened, and as a result their degree of impairment would have increased. Medical evidence will need to be obtained to support the claim. Where the medical evidence supports the person’s impairment has increased (regardless of the degree the impairment has increased by) since the previous assessment and determination, a delegate is able to make an assessment under the Table of Losses and determine an additional amount of compensation is payable.