SIRA is the N.S.W. government body that regulates personal injury compensation schemes. They oversee licensed insurers under the Workers Compensation Act. They also regulate medical and allied health providers in both schemes to ensure high treatment standards, with regulated fees to ensure sustainability.
With respect to hearing loss claims, SIRA monitors hearing service providers within the scheme, ensuring only appropriately qualified persons can dispense hearing aids and other rehabilitation services to injured workers. Through Hearing Aid orders, they have regulated fees for hearing aids, fitting costs and ongoing maintenance expenses. Workers in N.S.W. receive excellent quality hearing aids updated yearly to ensure only the most modern hearing aids are prescribed.
Lastly, SIRA is also responsible for the training and accreditation of doctors who provide assessment services within the scheme. They create guidelines for doctors to follow to determine a worker's entitlement to monetary payments.