How to become an approved legal service provider ("ALSP")
WIRO has over 1,025 approved legal service providers across NSW. Any individual lawyer who holds a current practising certificate can apply to become an approved provider. As an approved provider, you must demonstrate that you practice regularly in workers compensation matters and you will be required to adopt the principles set out in the Approval and Practice Standards. If you would like to become an approved provider, complete the Application and Agreement to become an ALSP.
Maintaining your status as an approved lawyer
If any of your details change, and particularly if you change firms, you should let WIRO know so that your details can be updated on our system and injured workers contact you using correct details. An email with your Approved Lawyer number and updated details should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not keep us updated and we are unable to contact you, you may be removed from our database and your approval may be suspended.
Applying for grants of funding for workers compensation matters through ILARS
WIRO has established the Independent Legal Assistance and Review Service (ILARS). This service provides access to free, independent legal advice to injured workers, through the provision of a grant, where there is a disagreement with insurers regarding entitlements.
At WIRO we are focused on resolving disputes quickly, fairly and justly and we encourage lawyers to adopt the same practical approach.
ILARS grants are made under the ILARS Policy. Grant amounts covering professional fees and disbursements are based on Schedule 6 of the Workers Compensation Regulation 2010. Medical expense amounts claimed as disbursements are set out in the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation (Medical Examinations and Reports) Order 2016 . Some other grant amounts not covered by Schedule 6 appear in the ILARS Policy.
Grants are not retrospective. Please take care to submit your application for a grant prior to incurring any costs in relation to your client’s claim. All expenses and disbursements incurred prior to the date of application will not be paid.
A form for further claims for lump sum compensation is also available and can be accessed here.
We undertake to assess your application for a grant for legal assistance and advise you of the outcome within 5 working days.