Queensland workers’ compensation rights restored
Our union has welcomed the realisation of the Queensland government’s pre-election commitment to restore Queensland workers’ compensation rights after Parliament passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 in late September.
The Bill is the result of union members uniting in solidarity to protest the unfair changes the former state government introduced in 2013 which removed the rights of workers injured in unsafe workplaces as well as a range of other unfair changes.
The Bill amendments include:
- The removal of the current limitation on the entitlement to seek damages that requires a worker to have a degree of permanent impairment greater than 5% to access common law for all injuries sustained on or after the Queensland State election (31 January 2015)
- Establishing the ability to provide additional compensation to particular workers impacted by the operation of the common law threshold, on or after 15 October 2013 and before 31 January 2015
- Removing the entitlement prospective employers have to obtain a copy of a prospective worker’s compensation claims history from the Workers’ Compensation Regulator and
- Clarifying certain procedural aspects of the claims process and reduce regulatory burden through a number of minor miscellaneous amendments.
These amendments shows the value of a committed, combined effort from union members and the community to restoring fairness and balance to workers’ rights.
More information on the provisions of the Bill can be found on the Queensland Parliament’s website.