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Laws and legislation

The Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act) and associated Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014 (the Regulation) provide a framework for managing workers' compensation and rehabilitation in Queensland.

Together, they establish a workers' compensation scheme for Queensland, set out the laws for workers' compensation and rehabilitation, and for managing insurance, compensation, rehabilitation, damages and costs.

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

On 23 August 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation (Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017.

Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003

About the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, the provisions and purpose of the Act.

Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014

About the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014, the provisions and purpose of the Regulation.

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by Parliament on 17 September 2015.

Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act 2016

About the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Bill 2016.

Legislative amendments October 2013

This page is a useful resource to share information on how the 2013 changes to legislation impact customers and stakeholders. You will find fact sheets, links to articles, copies of webinars and presentations, relevant links and where to find more information.

Summary of changes from the 2003 Regulation to the 2014 Regulation

Summary of changes from the 2003 Regulation to the 2014 Regulation.

Maintaining the workers' compensation scheme

The Office of Industrial Relations, WorkCover Queensland and the Regulator fulfil different roles maintaining the scheme.

Repealed legislation

Check what legislation has been repealed and replaced.

Five year review of Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme – 2018

A review of the operation of the workers’ compensation scheme must be completed at least once in every five year period. A final report completed by independent reviewer Professor David Peetz from Griffith University was tabled in Parliament on 29 June 2018.

Last updated
02 July 2018

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