Queensland legislation on workers comp and more

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Queensland legislation on workers comp and more

Separating the insurance and regulatory arms of the Queensland workers compensation system is the aim of a Bill currently before Queensland Parliament.

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Separating the insurance and regulatory arms of the Queensland workers compensation system is the aim of a Bill currently before Queensland Parliament.
 
Legislation to establish Q-Comp as an independent statutory body responsible for regulation of workers compensation and rehabilitation was introduced on 29 April 2003.
 
The Explanatory Notes to the Workers' Compensation And Rehabilitation Bill 2003 state that the purpose of the Bill is to separate WorkCover's insurance and regulatory functions as a result of the National Competition Policy review of the WorkCover Queensland Act 1996.
 
The Bill establishes Q-COMP as a separate statutory authority. WorkCover will retain the functions of premium setting and funds management together with insurance underwriting and service delivery.
 
The Bill also contains some technical amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 1999 aimed at ensuring 'that the existing compliance, enforcement and recovery provisions of the IR Act operate in like manner for both award and non-award employees with respect to the Queensland minimum wage'.
 
The Bill also:
  • aintains the essential characteristics of Queensland's workers compensation scheme;
  • establishes Workers Compensation Advisory Committees to provide advice to the Minister on scheme design and other policy issues;
  • centralises policy development and scheme design functions in the Department of Industrial Relations;
  • involves creation of a complementary regulatory regime for the new Act; and
  • involves technical amendments to the IR Act.

The Explanatory Memorandum and Workers' Compensation And Rehabilitation Bill 2003 are available online. 

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