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Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015 was passed by Parliament on 17 September 2015. The Act implements the Queensland Government’s election commitments for Restoring the Rights of Queenslanders Injured at Work.

The Act achieves the Government’s commitments for workers’ compensation matters by amending the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 to:

  • remove 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)
  • establish 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.
  • introduce provisions for firefighters diagnosed with one of 12 specified diseases that will deem their injury to be work related
  • remove the entitlement prospective employers have to obtain a copy of a prospective worker’s compensation claims history from the Workers’ Compensation Regulator and
  • clarify certain procedural aspects of the claims process and reduce regulatory burden through a number of minor miscellaneous amendments.

More information

For more information on the provisions of the Act as passed can be found on the Queensland Parliament’s website.

Last updated
02 July 2018

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