Workers and employers have legal rights and obligations under workers compensation laws.
Workers Compensation Legislation
The workers compensation system is legislated through:
- The Workers Compensation Act 1987
- The Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998
- The Workers Compensation Regulation 2010 (This Regulation is due for a staged repeal from 1 September 2016 and is replaced by the Workers Compensation Regulation 2016)
- Workers Compensation (Bush Fire, Emergency and Rescue Services) Act 1987
Together they form a workers compensation and workplace injury management framework that provides for:
- prompt treatment of work-related injuries
- effective and proactive management of such injuries
- medical and vocational rehabilitation following injuries
- income support for workers during incapacity.
The system creates a fair, affordable and financially-viable workers compensation system and ensures contributions by employers are commensurate with the risks faced in their industry.
Police Officers, Paramedics and Firefighters
Police officers, paramedics and firefighters are exempt from some recent changes to workers compensation legislation. To assist in determining entitlements for police officers, paramedics and fire fighters, you can refer to this historical version of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 or contact your insurance agent for more information.
Guidelines for Claiming Workers Compensation
New guidelines for claiming workers compensation come into effect on 1 August 2016.
The current guidelines replace four publications, including the: