Legislative Council Wednesday 29 May, 2019
Ms FORREST question to the LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT
With regard to demands on the Tasmanian Risk Management Fund, Last year’s Budget paper Number 1 stated:
The expected overall increase in contributions for 2018-19 is mainly due to increases in both workers’ compensation and medical liability contributions. The significant increase in workers’ compensation contributions is primarily as a result of higher claim costs in recent years, higher staff costs and a deterioration in the funding level of this risk category.
The contribution for medical liability has increased moderately reflecting higher projected claim costs and incidence rates for both large and small claims in 2018-19.
Projections in the TRMF show estimated medical liability rising from $118.5m in 2018 to $140.8m in 2022.
4. What is the likely budget impact of increased sick leave, including ‘stress’ leave, for staff working in ED’s around the State?
Advice from the THS indicates that sick leave is largely consistent with previous years, and figures are indicating the sick leave rate is at its lowest level in 3 years on a statewide basis.
The THS will continue working to minimise and appropriately manage sick leave of staff, including in the Emergency Departments.
Annual costs will be finalised at the end of the financial year.