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Consultation Draft Bill released, August 2021

The Government is seeking public submissions on the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 – (Consultation Draft).

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.

WorkCover WA invites written submissions on the draft Bill for a public consultation period which will be open until 10 November 2021.

A copy of the draft Bill along with explanatory material, details about making a submission, and the public information sessions that WorkCover WA will be delivering can be found below.

Please contact WorkCover WA’s Policy and Legislation team via email consultation@workcover.wa.gov.au for any further information.

After the public consultation period ends, WorkCover WA will review the submissions, prepare a consultation report for the Minister for Industrial Relations, and finalise the Bill for introduction to Parliament.

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)

Making a submission

WorkCover WA invites written submissions on the draft Bill for a public consultation period which will be open until 10 November 2021.

Submissions should be addressed to: consultation@workcover.wa.gov.au.

All submissions should be accompanied by this cover sheet.

You are also encouraged to use the template to assist you in organising your submission.

All submissions will be published on the WorkCover WA website, unless you specify in the cover sheet that your submission is confidential.

The Modernising WA’s Workers Compensation Laws – Submission Cover Sheet will prompt you to indicate your preference.

Your completed coversheet and submissions may be provided by mail or email to the attention of the Manager Policy and Legislative Services:

Email: consultation@workcover.wa.gov.au
Mail: WorkCover WA
2 Bedbrook Place
SHENTON PARK WA 6008

Note: All commonly accessible electronic formats will be accepted for submissions but Word documents are preferred.

After the public consultation period ends, WorkCover WA will review the submissions and prepare a consultation report for the Minister and finalise a Bill for introduction to Parliament.

Submissions

Submissions made on the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 (Consultation Draft) will be available here shortly after the closing date.

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: