Proposed changes to Tasmania’s workers compensation laws - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that public consultation processes are open and transparent and we are seeking your input on proposed improvements to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the Act).

The changes will implement recommendations from two separate reviews (coordinated by the WorkCover Tasmania Board at the request of the Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs), which looked at section 27 and section 87 of the Act.

Section 27

The proposed amendments to section 27 will ensure that employees of the Bushfire Risk Unit of the Tasmanian Fire Service are entitled to the presumption that when a fire-fighter meeting relevant criteria is diagnosed with a specified cancer, it is presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that fire-fighting was a substantial contributing factor to the disease.

This is the same presumption which is provided under the Act as other Tasmanian fire-fighters.

Section 87

The proposed changes will also amend section 87 of the Act to increase the duration that weekly compensation payments will be made to older workers who are injured.

It is proposed that section 87 be amended to provide that, in cases where the injury occurs when the worker is aged two years from (i.e. younger than) the pension age, or older than that age, entitlements to weekly payments will cease after two years from the date of the injury.

The changes will also correct an error whereby the current provision fails to refer to workers who are injured when they are older than their pension age.

Background

The Tasmanian Government is committed to the provision of fair and appropriate compensation to injured workers and a fair, affordable, efficient and effective rehabilitation and compensation scheme.

How to make a submission

We must receive all written submissions on the proposed changes to Tasmania’s workers compensation laws by 5pm on Monday, 11 April 2022.

You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.

Submit online

All fields are required

your can upload only docx, doc or pdf and not larger than 10 MB

Important: By submitting your file, you agree to publish it on this website.

Email

Email your submission to worksafepolicy@justice.tas.gov.au

Post

Mail your submission to

Department of Justice
WorkSafe Tasmania
GPO Box 56
Rosny Park TAS 7018

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the Department of Justice website.

Submissions will be published once consideration of the submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please contact: Alice Morris (Director of Policy) worksafepolicy@justice.tas.gov.au or read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.