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The  Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 – (Consultation Draft) was released for public consultation on 11 August 2021 and the period for public submissions has now closed.

The draft Bill modernises WA’s workers compensation laws and is based on recommendations from WorkCover WA’s 2014 Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981: Final Report.

Read the media statement from the Minister for Industrial Relations announcing the public consultation process. The draft Bill has been prepared for public comment before it is introduced into State Parliament, continuing WorkCover WA’s open and consultative approach on the legislative review.

Submissions made on the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 (Consultation Draft) are accessible under the Submissions tab below.

Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 (Consultation Draft) Guide to the Bill and supporting information

The following resources provide explanatory information to help you understand the Bill.

The Guide to the Bill provides an overview of the structure of the Bill to help you identify key areas of interest, and provides a guide to the main provisions of the Bill.

Information sessions

WorkCover WA delivered 7 public information sessions on the Bill, which provided an opportunity for anyone interested, to understand the journey to modernise workers compensation laws and ask questions before finalising a submission.

A copy of the presentation is available for download.

Bill Consultation Information Session – Presentation (PDF – 3.91MB)

Submissions

Each submission made on the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 (Consultation Draft) was accompanied by an authority from the submitter for WorkCover WA to either:

  1. Publish their submission on the WorkCover WA website
  2. Publish their submission on the WorkCover WA website but with the submitter’s name redacted
  3. Keep the submission confidential.

A total of 86 submissions were received.

  • 41 submitters authorised WorkCover WA to publish their submissions as received.
  • 13 submitters authorised WorkCover WA to publish their submissions with submitter name redacted.
  • 32 submitters requested confidentiality and did not authorise WorkCover WA to publish their submission on the WorkCover WA website

No. Submitting person/organisation No. Submitting person/organisation
1 Confidential 44 Master Builders Association of Western Australia
2 Dr P. Max Majedi 45 Confidential
3 Piet Jarman – Jarman Legal 46 Redacted
4 Redacted 47 Confidential
5 Shine Lawyers 48 Confidential
6 Redacted 49 Audiology Australia
7 Redacted 50 Confidential
8 Osteopathy Australia 51 Confidential
9 Redacted 52 Confidential
10 Confidential 53 Australian Lawyers Alliance
11 Confidential 54 Confidential
12 Exercise and Sports Science Australia 55 Hearing Business Alliance
13 Redacted 56 Redacted
14 Eureka Lawyers 57 Dr. John Salmon, Prof. Michael Nicholas, Ms. Jacintha Bell with the support of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Occupational Therapy Australia, Australian Pain Society, Pain Options, and Prof. Peter O’Sullivan
15 Confidential 58 Confidential
16 Redacted 59 Australian Institute of Health and Safety
17 Rehabilitation Services by Altius 60 Redacted
18 Hearing Care Industry Association 61 The State School Teachers’ Union of WA
19 Australian Medical Association (WA) 62 Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees’ Association (WA)
20 Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association WA 63 Redacted
21 Redacted 64 Confidential
22 Confidential 65 UnionsWA
23 Confidential 66 Slater and Gordon Lawyers (Workers’ Compensation)
24 Chris Walters 67 Slater and Gordon Lawyers (Asbestos Diseases)
25 Confidential 68 Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
26 Confidential 69 Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia
27 Small Business Development Corporation 70 Confidential
28 Mark Civitella 71 Confidential
29 Confidential 72 National Insurance Brokers Association
30 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers 73 CFMEU Construction and General Division – WA Branch
31 Australian Industry Group 74 United Professional Firefighters Union of Western Australia
32 Western Australia’s Individualised Services 75 Insurance Council of Australia
33 Institute of Clinical Psychologists 76 Confidential
34 Confidential 77 Confidential
35 Redacted 78 Community and Public Sector Union / Civil Service Association
36 Child and Adolescent Health Service 79 Australian Rail Tram and Bus Union WA PTA Branch
37 Confidential 80 Confidential
38 Confidential 81 The Law Society of Western Australia
39 Confidential 82 Confidential
40 Confidential 83 Confidential
41 Confidential 84 Confidential
42 Housing Industry Association 85 The Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia
43 Redacted 86 Insurance Commission of Western Australia
Marked up amendments to other Acts

The following is a list of Acts marked up to show the amendments if the changes within the Consultation Draft Bill are incorporated: