Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

26 October 2016

Guy Barnett, Minister for Building and Construction

Cutting Red Tape, Improving Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to an ongoing campaign of cutting red tape to save businesses money and help create jobs – our number one priority.

Today, I was pleased to table the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill 2016.

This legislation will deliver significant savings for Tasmanian businesses, including insurers, while removing deficiencies with the current Act.

Our raft of amendments will provide greater administrative efficiencies and improve the administration of workers rehabilitation and compensation in Tasmania for the benefit of workers and their families.

Proposed amendments include:

  • Medical practitioners will no longer need to be accredited to issue medical certificates;
  • Insurer’s licenses and self-insurer’s permits will no longer expire after three years;
  • Employers will no longer be required to display the details of their insurer and a copy of the Act in the workplace.

Further, the membership and voting structure of the WorkCover Tasmania Board will be amended to ensure the Board has the necessary skills and experience to provide advice and make decisions on a broad range of matters.

We will also amend current age restrictions to ensure Tasmanian workers are not disadvantaged by changes to Commonwealth legislation in relation to the qualifying age for the aged pension.

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