• Petitioning Denise Cosgrove
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This petition will be delivered to:

CEO WorkSafe Victoria
Denise Cosgrove
CEO WorkCover NSW
Lisa Hunt
WorkCover SA
Greg McCarthy
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NSW Premier
The Hon Barry O'Farrell, MP
Victorian Premier
The Hon Ted Baillieu, MP
South Australian Premier
The Hon Jay Weatherill, MP
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Kevin Rudd
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Bill Shorten

Reform WorkCover. Give injured workers a fair go.

    1. Petition by

      The Scheme Project

I want you to imagine, that you‘re seriously injured at work. Under the current workers compensation system in Australia, standard practice is to hire private detectives to follow, and film you. You’ll be processed by an outdated system that is designed to manage your injury rather than fix it. Insurance companies will effectively have control over your medical treatments, impacting on your physical and mental health, and putting extra strain on your family and finances. The scheme’s architecture has loopholes, multinational companies will be allowed manipulate your information because they can profit from it. Corporate criminals are taking advantage you, the hard working Australian’s when your at most vulnerable. Now ask yourself, how much more of this information don’t you know about? We’re here to tell you a story. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Help us spread the word! The Scheme Project is a documentary film project created to uncover the hidden flaws of the WorkCover system, reveal corrupt behaviour targeted towards injured workers, and expose the truth behind the conspiracy. You signing this petition brings us one step closer to promoting change. But you can take it a step further and pledge to production funding as a sponsor at: pozible.com/scheme. We are completely starting from scratch here after 2 years of research, we need as much help as possible! If you can't afford it, send us an idea, or share and like our social media pages below!

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THE CURRENT ISSUES

 

SUICIDE & DEPRESSION CAUSED BY THE SYSTEM

Contrary to popular belief , there is a suicide rate connected with the WorkCover scheme. Investigations from the Urban Ministry Network looked into reports from the Victorian Coronial from 1989 to 2000 which reported that work factors contributed to suicide in 109 cases. Methodological limitations of the study suggested that this was an under-estimation. Today - The Scheme Project believes this number has increased. We are working with our sources to bring hard evidence to this factor as it has never once been disclosed by WorkSafe of any other agency in Australia at any time. In most cases the stress, depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts caused by bullying tactics that the industry promotes leads to creating an escalating psychological bill in the billions of dollars

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY BREACHES:

Surveillance adds to the confronting nature of the scheme,  Slater and Gordon lawyer Craig Sidebottom said the WorkSafe surveillance bill was "extremely alarming". "It's extraordinary that they could waste $14 million a year on snooping and spying. I think WorkSafe are probably spying on more people in Victoria than ASIO," he said. As well as confronting privacy concerns with spying, WorkSafe’s agents maintain injured workers’ confidential medical information. Owing to the sensitivity of such information it is incumbent upon them to ensure that any risk of its inappropriate release is minimised. Privacy breaches have occurred at all WorkSafe agents. Mismanagement of workers’ files has led to medical reports and other information being sent to third parties in error. 

 

SECONDARY INJURIES CAUSE BY THE SYSTEM:    

Australia's injured at work deal with a system that frequently creates secondary problems and complications caused by delays and denies. The experience of dealing with a workplace injury claim proves to be a confusing, confronting and toxic process that is detrimental to the health of the hard working Australian. The amount of secondary injuries that many long-term injured workers develop after being processed by the system is something that should be addressed as a national issue. And the lost productivity, future earning capacity and taxpayer funded pension support to look after the people that can't return to work is an un-needed financial blow to the Australian taxpayer.

 

DELAYS AND DENIES
Delays in payment are a common source of complaint by injured workers and service providers, such as medical practitioners, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Victorian Ombudsman investigations has uncovered instances where poor record keeping has led directly to these delays. Delays in payments cause considerable financial hardship to injured workers. The most concerning example details an instance where poor record keeping delayed a payment of over $20,000 owed to an injured worker by their agent. Delays in payments to service providers can cause service providers to discontinue treatment for injured workers until payments owed by the agents have been received. This delays an injured worker’s return to work. In some instances, accounts had been submitted on numerous occasions but had gone missing and not been paid. Such delays harm injured workers, adversely affect service providers and damage the reputation of the WorkSafe scheme. Poor record keeping makes for poor or delayed decision making. Many such examples resulted in detriment to injured workers.

 

 

PUBLIC PERCEPTION

We've all heard the sensationalist news reports, however the true statistics behind injured workers are alarming; less than 0.5% of injured workers are the 'fraudsters' you see on TV, yet most injured workers are spied on by private detectives, particularly those with serious injuries that cost more money. They’re made out to be guilty until proven innocent, recently costing taxpayers $14 million in Victoria alone per annum. The ‘compensation culture’ in Australia has been perpetuated by sensationalist media programs that portray innocent people injured at work as ‘WorkCover scammers’. The ‘classic’ WorkCover scammer is very rare

 

REFERENCES: Information for this piece was sourced from the following:

Victorian Ombudsman Report - Investigation into record keeping failures by WorkSafe agents [2011]

Urban Ministry Network - Work factors in Suicide [2002]

WorkSafe - Annual Reports [2010, 2011, 2012]

Australian Bureau of Statistics 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Approved for a community funding project!

      Pozible.com has recently approved our application for funding our film this year! This exiting news could not have come at a better time, as we are very hard at work and are in desperate need of funds to continue with expensive production costs to make this happen.

      Check out http://www.pozible.com/scheme for more details!
      Thank you so much for your continued support. - Kris

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Greg McCarthy responds:

      Greg McCarthy

      This is Vicki Tomlinson from WorkCoverSA sending a test to see where this goes. Please forward any email to vtomlinson@workcover.com


    5. Decision-maker Greg McCarthy responds:

    6. Decision-maker Greg McCarthy responds:

      Greg McCarthy

      Test
      If you are receiving this please contact vtomlinson@workcover.com


    7. Decision-maker Greg McCarthy responds:

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kerrie Daly NAMBUCCA HEADS, AUSTRALIA
      • 20 days ago

      after a massive MVA coming home from work I had multiple injuries. IME's have convoluted, confused and outright lied and misled my diagnosis, WPI, and generally broke me down. My neck injury is worse with normal housework and trying to retrain on the computer, I feel lost, without voice and terrified of ending in poverty. I need a neck operation, I have radiculopathy definately on MRI. I need help, workcover is too adversarial to get it. Too many people I speak to in the same sort of position are having suicidal thoughts, a loss of meaning to their lives, and employers do not want the risk of hiring someone who cant be there enough due to pain and injury. The pain chapter was taken out of the way doctors that work for insurers deal with us. It is a dishonest system that hinders our progress. Much more could be said, we need help not resistance from those who should assist us

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    • Caren Barnet AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      SAFETY 101... HELLO!!! INJURED WORKERS BEING FORCED BY WORKCOVER STAFF TO RETURN TO THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT, AND THEIR ORIGINAL DESIGNATED JOB AND NOT ABLE TO WORK WHEN RECOVERING FROM A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT, ARE AT RISK OF RE-INJURING THEMSELVES. THEY NEED 100% SUPPORT FOR PHYSIO, HYDRO, AND ALL DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS, WHENEVER THEY HAVE APPOINTMENTS. YES ENCOURAGE THEM TO RETURN TO WORK, ONLY WHEN THEY ARE SUFFICIENTLY FIT TO ENABLE THEM TO RE-ENTER THEIR WORKPLACE. ANY EARLIER AND THEY ARE A SAFETY HAZARD, AN UNSAFE RISK AND COULD POTENTIALLY RISK INJURING THEIR WORK MATES.

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    • Michelle Cabot AUSTRALIA
      • 2 months ago

      Work cover needs to review their policies as people are getting a raw deal !!!!!!

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    • Ertan Moustafa WARWICK, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      We have experienced the unfair & unethical treatment by workcover & the doctors employed by them

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    • Celestina Giuliano AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      This is important because I have experienced first hand how unreasonable and unfair workcover insurance agents can be.

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