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30 Oct

Changes to TAC Legislation

Last week the Victorian Government passed a bill that improves the benefits and services available to Transport Accident Commission (TAC) clients. 

The bill included:

  • extending TAC cover to cyclists that collide with a stationary vehicle (previously this coverage was only for people who were cycling to and from work);
  • including grandparents as immediate family members who can claim family benefits such as travel, accommodation and family counselling;
  • increasing the allowance for travel and accommodation for immediate family members to visit a client in hospital to $20,000 if this benefit has not been accessed before;
  • providing loss of wages payments for parents that need to take time off work to visit their dependent child in hospital;
  • including apprentices who are under 25 and are financially dependent on a family member that dies in a transport accident as a dependent child for the purposes of providing benefits; 
  • providing an additional four weeks overseas attendant care for clients that need to travel in the course of their employment (in addition to the existing eight weeks currently provided);
  • removing the mandatory requirement for the TAC to review loss of earnings capacity every five years for some clients; and
  • paying the costs incurred by a court or tribunal ordered professional financial administrator if a TAC client requires these services due to their injury or disability. 
These changes will provide our clients and their families with the support they need to get their lives back on track following a transport accident. 

Visit the TAC website for more information and detail about the changes. 

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