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The Amendment to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 has received royal assent and is now law!

This affects our clients rights because any injuries ocurring on or after 31 January 2015 are no longer required to have to exceed the 5% whole person impairment (WPI) threshold.

Prior to this Bill becoming law, a workplace compensation claim for negligence could not be lodged against an employer unless this threshold was met. This applied even if the employer was reckless and failed to exercise the duty of care they owed to their employees.

Besides reinstating common law rights for injured workers and providing additional compensation to workers affected by the common law threshold, the Bill also helps general workers by:

  • Providing better legal coverage for fire fighters;
  • Prohibiting prospective employers from continuing to access an individuals’ claims history; and
  • Making other minor miscellaneous amendments to improve the day-to-day operation of Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme.

For more information on the amendment Bill, read this article.

Congratulations to Queensland on taking a step back in the right direction in support of worker rights!