Qld government announces legislative amendments to WorkCover

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Qld government announces legislative amendments to WorkCover

The Qld government has announced several legislative amendments to WorkCover legislation, arising from a five-year scheme independent review undertaken by David Peetz from Griffith University. Under the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, the workers’ compensation scheme must be reviewed every five years.

The key recommendations, which took effect from 1 July 2020, are listed below:

  • Employers are required to report all injuries sustained by workers within eight business days, regardless of whether the employee makes a claim;

  • Coverage has been extended to include unpaid interns who are now considered `workers’ under the legislation and are entitled to compensation for work-related injuries;

  • All Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinators (RRTWC) must be:

    o   appropriately qualified,

    o   based in Queensland, and

    o   employed under a contract.

  • Their employer must report details of a RRTWC to WorkCover within twelve months of their appointment. For existing Coordinators, employers have until 30 June 2021 to provide details.

Further details of the above changes are contained in the link below:

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For queries about WorkCover complaints or other employment questions, please contact Dean Cameron at Workforce Advisory Lawyers – We Know Employment Law on 0417 622 178 or via email to dean.cameron@workforceadvisory.com.au

Disclaimer: This information is provided as general advice on workplace relations and employment law. It does not constitute legal advice, and it is always advisable to seek further information regarding specific workplace issues. Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.

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