First stage of the review

In 2009 WorkCover WA initiated a two stage review of WA’s workers’ compensation legislation. Stage one of the review was completed with the passage of the 2011 amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act). The second stage is to develop a new workers’ compensation statute.

Second stage of the review

The second stage of the review covers:

  1. outstanding recommendations from the 2009 Legislative Reivew;
  2. identified technical and process issues with the current Act; and
  3. a complete redraft of the Act with the objectives of introducing plain language and contemporary drafting conventions.

In October 2013 WorkCover WA released a Discussion Paper outlining proposals to redraft the Act as a basis for consultation with stakeholders.

In late June 2014 WorkCover WA publicly released the Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981: Final Report  (PDF – 2.5MB). The Report contained 171 recommendations for inclusion in the new workers’ compensation statute.

A copy of the Final Report was tabled in the Legislative Council on 26 June 2014.

Current status

The Government will consider options about the future direction of the workers’ compensation legislative program later in 2017.