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Important Changes to Wrongs Act now imminent

Further to our previous update on 29 September 2015, the Wrongs Bill 2015 ("The Bill") was introduced and read for a first time in the Legislative Council on 8 October 2015. It was then read a second time, voted on and passed without any amendment.

Written by


Graeme Armstead,


Hannah Cohley, Lawyer



The Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Steve Herbert MLC spoke to the Bill and said that it will effectively "…make it easier for certain types of claimants to access compensation for their injuries" because, as mentioned in our previous release it gives claimants access to damages for non-economic loss which, under the current Act they would be denied. This means that more claimants will now be able to recover damages for pain and suffering.

Readers should note that the Bill is expected to become 'operative' once it receives Royal Assent, which is likely to occur over the next week or so.

A copy of the bill and all second reading speeches can be accessed via the Parliament Victoria website

If you would like to learn more about how the new law may impact future claims or require further information please contact Graeme Armstead.



Shona Wilde, Sydney

Graeme Armstead, Melbourne

Peter Jones, Adelaide

Darren Miller, Perth

Peter Forbes-Smith, Tasmania

Chris Osborne, Darwin

"The information contained in this update is of a general nature only and is not intended to be relied upon as, nor to be a substitute for, specific legal professional advice. No responsibility for the loss occasioned to any person acting on or refraining from action as a result of any material published can be accepted."

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