Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    A Bill to modernise workers' compensation

    15/02/2018 3:00 PM
    • A Bill will be drafted to modernise workers' compensation legislation
    • Public consultation on development of Bill before introducing to Parliament
    • McGowan Government delivers on election commitment  

    The McGowan Government has approved the drafting of a new workers' compensation statute.


    The Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 is outdated, complex and fails to provide sufficient clarity on fundamental aspects of the scheme.


    It will be replaced with a modern Act that is clear, accessible and workable.


    The Bill will implement lifetime care and support arrangements for catastrophically injured workers, delivering on a commitment between the Commonwealth, and State and Territory governments.


    Amendments will build on the WA Catastrophic Injuries Support Scheme introduced for motor vehicle accidents in July 2016.


    Public consultation will occur on a draft Bill before it is introduced into State Parliament, continuing WorkCover WA's open and consultative approach on the legislative review.


    Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The current Act has only been amended on a piecemeal basis since it was adopted in 1981, and it's unwieldy for stakeholders who use and apply it.


    "The McGowan Government is prioritising legislative amendments and has already introduced a Bill to improve entitlements for dependants of workers who die at work.


    "Rewriting workers' compensation legislation is an important part of the McGowan Government's commitment to modernise the State industrial relations system."


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