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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Improvements suggested for workers’ comp scheme

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Improvements suggested for workers’ comp scheme

    The Bligh Government has asked for public feedback on the findings of an independent review into the state’s workers’ compensation system.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the review contained recommendations to make Queensland’s system even more stable and secure.

    “The independent review has made 51 recommendations and the Queensland Government wants to hear community views before considering them for implementation,” Mr Dick said.

    “This review was conducted as part of the workers’ compensation reform package that was implemented earlier this year.

    “It identifies further areas for improvement to make the scheme more transparent, more focused on preventing injury and with greater emphasis on the rehabilitation of injured workers.

    “The Queensland scheme is the most stable and solvent in Australia, with the lowest average premiums for employers.

    "But this review has identified further improvements to more effectively meet the needs of workers and employers.”

    The review was carried out by Robin Stewart-Crompton, former chair of the national review into model workplace health and safety laws, and involved extensive consultation with stakeholders.

    Mr Dick said the review recommended that workers’ compensation and work safety authorities – WorkCover, Q-Comp and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland – work more closely together to implement common activities and policies.

    “If adopted, these recommendations will result in an improved flow of information to employers and employees,” he said.

    “More data will be made available on legal costs and charges, and a study will be done on the effects of legal advertising on workers’ compensation claims.

    "The review takes on board many of the concerns expressed by stakeholders but we want to get the views of Queenslanders before considering them.”

    Public comment on the review closes on Friday 12 November and can be submitted at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

    Media contact:
    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487