The Western Australian Government has approved the drafting of a Bill to modernise the workers’ compensation legislation.
The Bill will be based on recommendations from WorkCover WA’s Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981: Final Report.
The Bill will implement lifetime care and support arrangements for catastrophically injured workers.
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.
It is expected the new Bill will be introduced into Parliament by the end of 2018.
“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,” Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said.
“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.”