Queensland has become the third Australian jurisdiction to introduce presumptive injury compensation for first responders, and other workers exposed to "graphic details of traumatic incidents", who develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
A major workers' comp Bill amending the test for psychological injuries has passed Queensland Parliament, while Victoria has reported a near record low workplace injury rate, and workers' comp changes have commenced in NSW.
Psychologically injured workers will no longer need to prove their employment was the "major" cause of their injury, while employers will be able to apologise to injured workers without fear of admitting liability, under a 79-page Bill introduced in Queensland.
Queensland should amend its workers' compensation laws to protect workers engaged by gig-economy companies like Uber and Airtasker, and push for the changes to be adopted nationally, a major review of the State scheme has found.
Work safety and workers' compensation amendments have passed Parliament in Queensland and Tasmania, while a NSW inquiry into the Dust Diseases scheme has made five recommendations amid growing concerns of a silicosis "epidemic".
A Bill allowing workplace dust victims to re-open lump sum compensation claims, cracking down on unsafe electrical work and amending the WHS Act, should be passed by Queensland Parliament, according to one of five recommendations from an inquiry into the proposed laws.