Proposed amendments to WR&C Act 1988

The Tasmanian Government is committed to reducing red tape in the Tasmanian workers compensation scheme. In 2014 the Minister asked the WorkCover Tasmania Board to work with scheme participants and stakeholders, to understand where potential opportunities exist for the reduction of red tape.

A comprehensive consultation process was undertaken, identifying many areas of the scheme that could be improved or streamlined. Based on this consultation, the WorkCover Tasmania Board developed a suite of red tape reduction measures for Government’s consideration.

On 26 October 2016, the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) was introduced to the Parliament of Tasmania.

This Bill incorporates the recommendations of the WorkCover Tasmania Board to reduce red tape associated with the administration of the scheme; and will:

  • remove existing age restrictions from the Act
  • refine the function of the WorkCover Tasmania Board
  • redesign the membership and voting structure of the WorkCover Tasmania Board to ensure all members are equipped with the necessary skills and experience to advise and make decisions

The Parliament of Tasmania website provides information on the Bill and its progress through Parliament, including:

  • a fact sheet
  • the text of the Bill
  • second reading speech
  • clause notes

Reference: Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988