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 Review;
  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.

On 15 February 2018 the Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations released a media statement to announce the Government approved the drafting of a Bill to modernise the workers’ compensation legislation. Drafting of the Bill has commenced and is progressing.

The Bill will be based on recommendations from WorkCover WA’s Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981: Final Report.

The Bill will also implement lifetime care and support arrangements for catastrophically injured workers, delivering on a commitment between the Commonwealth, and State and Territory governments.

Current status

In August 2021 a Consultation Draft Bill was released. For further information, please see Modernising WA’s Workers Compensation Laws.