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Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 Response Bill passes Parliament

A Bill to enable a presumption of work-related injury for health care workers who contract COVID-19 and claim workers’ compensation has been passed by the WA Parliament. The Bill also addresses a number of COVID-19 related barriers which impact on the WA workers’ compensation scheme.

When proclaimed the Bill will:

  • enable regulations to be made which provide for a rebuttable presumption that COVID-19, contracted by health care workers, is work-related
  • remove the common law termination day
  • make changes to the way in which some entitlements are indexed
  • enable electronic notifications

The Minister for Industrial Relations has issued a media release on the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020.

The amendments do not come into effect until the Bill is proclaimed.

The Bill will be proclaimed as soon as possible following the drafting of supporting regulations.

Page last updated: 13 August 2020 at 4:49 pm