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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 which are outlined below. Read the Ministerial press release.

  • amends the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 to improve the workers' compensation scheme for workers who have been diagnosed, or suspect they may have, coal workers' pneumoconiosis, also known as CWP or 'black lung'. Key changes include:
    • establishing a medical examination process for retired or former coal workers with suspected coal workers' pneumoconiosis or a Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease
    • introducing an additional lump sum compensation for workers with pneumoconiosis
    • clarifying a worker with pneumoconiosis can access further workers' compensation entitlements if they experience disease progression
  • amends the Industrial Relations Act 2016 to clarify that the power to grant a stay under the Industrial Relations Act 2016 does not apply to an appeal under the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003
  • amends the Electrical Safety Act 2002 to improve the rigour of the electrical licensing framework by:
    • allowing the electrical safety regulator to immediately suspend a person’s electrical work licence if the regulator forms a reasonable belief that the person may be responsible for electrical work that has caused a death or grievous bodily harm or has otherwise carried out electrical work that poses an imminent serious risk to the health or safety of any person
    • allowing the electrical safety regulator to obtain further information from a third party, for example, a registered training organisation, about the competency of an electrical work licence applicant as part of making a determination about granting a licence
    • allowing the Electrical Licensing Committee to direct an electrical work licence holder to undertake a competency reassessment where there are reasonable grounds to believe the licence holder may not be competent
  • amends the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to establish the Persons Affected by Work Related Fatalities and Serious Incidents Consultative Committee. The role of the proposed Committee is to provide advice on information and support needs for persons affected by a workplace incident that involves death or serious injury or illness.

The amendments to these Acts commence on assent of the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation (Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017. The explanatory notes are available at https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/Bill_Pages/bills_home.htm

Last updated
02 July 2018

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