2015 Proposed WorkCover Changes

2015 Proposed WorkCover Changes

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced into Parliament on 15 July 2015.

The Bill seeks to amend the current Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 to the following extent:

  • remove the current limitation on the entitlement to seek damages that requires a worker to have a degree of permanent impairment as a result of the injury greater than 5% to access common law. This thus reinstates an injured worker’s entitlement to seek damages that was removed by the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013.
  • establish the ability to provide additional compensation to particular workers impacted by the operation of the common law threshold (as mentioned above), between 15 October 2013 and 31 January 2015.
  • introduce provisions for firefighters diagnosed with one of 12 specified diseases that will deem their injury to be work related if they meet the required qualifying period of active firefighting service.
  • remove the entitlement prospective employers have to obtain a copy of a prospective worker’s compensation claims history from the Workers’ Compensation Regulator and
  • clarify certain procedural aspects of the claims process and reduce regulatory burden through a number of minor miscellaneous amendments.

The amendments attempt to restore the rights of Queenslanders injured at work to a position that was in place prior to the former government taking power.

If you believe you have been injured at work and not appropriately compensated contact our office on 07 3345 4388 and speak to one of our friendly staff members today.