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.
Proposed legislation has been introduced to Queensland Parliament to enhance the claims management process and experience for injured workers in the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme.
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.
About the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, the provisions and purpose of the Act.
About the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014, the provisions and purpose of the Regulation.
The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by Parliament on 17 September 2015.
About the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Bill 2016.
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.
The Office of Industrial Relations, WorkCover Queensland and the Regulator fulfil different roles maintaining the scheme.
Check what legislation has been repealed and replaced.
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
- 19 August 2019
Codes of Practice are now an enforceable standard to manage hazards and risks
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Lend Lease reaps benefit of helping motivated injured workers recover at work
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