Structure of the Return to Work Act 1986

Acts have a formal structure and for ease of reading and interpretation, are divided into parts, divisions and sections.

Example:

Return to Work Act 1986

Part 5 – Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation

Division 3 – Amount of compensation

s65 – Long-term incapacity

  • Each part of the Return to Work Act deals with a different aspect of the legislation. The Act has 14 Parts arranged in a logical sequence.

    Claim management activities are covered in the first six parts:

    • 1 Preliminary Matters
    • 2 Administration
    • 3 Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Advisory Council
    • 5 Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation
    • 6 Misleading Information and Statements
    • 6A Dispute Resolution
  • Each Part can be split into Divisions and sometimes, subdivisions each with their own title. Part 5 - Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation is split in the following six divisions:

    • Preliminary
    • General
    • Amount of Compensation
    • Rehabilitation and Other Compensation
    • Settlement by Agreement of Entitlement
    • Claim Procedures and Determination
  • Section titles are the most frequently referred to element of an Act. Sections are numbered consecutively throughout the Act and each has its own title. They detail individual provisions in the Act.

    Example: s64 - Compensation during the first 26 weeks of incapacity