The McGowan Government has approved the drafting of a new workers’ compensation statute.
The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 is outdated, complex and fails to provide sufficient clarity on fundamental aspects of the scheme.
It will be replaced with a modern Act that is clear, accessible and workable.
The Bill will implement lifetime care and support arrangements for catastrophically injured workers, delivering on a commitment between the Commonwealth, and State and Territory governments.
Amendments will build on the WA Catastrophic Injuries Support Scheme introduced for motor vehicle accidents in July 2016.
Public consultation will occur on a draft Bill before it is introduced into State Parliament, continuing WorkCover WA’s open and consultative approach on the legislative review.