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Workers and employers have legal rights and obligations under work health and safety (WHS), workers compensation, and injury management laws.

Workers and employers have legal rights and obligations under workers compensation laws.

Workers Compensation Legislation

The workers compensation system is legislated through:

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:

  1. Guidelines for claiming compensation benefits
  2. Work capacity guidelines
  3. Guidelines for work capacity decision internal reviews by insurers and merit reviews by the Authority
  4. Guidelines for the provision of domestic assistance