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