Review of workers compensation laws for post-traumatic stress disorder

A review as to whether the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the Act) should be amended to include presumptive provisions for certain workers in relation to post-traumatic stress disorder was undertaken in accordance with the requirements set out in section 162A of the Act.

The Hon Guy Barnett MP referred the review to the WorkCover Tasmania Board to co-ordinate; the Board conducted an expressions of interest process and consequently appointed Mr Stephen Carey, former Chief Commissioner of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal, to lead the review, with the assistance of Dr Jacqueline Triffitt, a Clinical Psychologist.

The Ministerial Review relating to establishing entitlements under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 for Workers Suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (‘the Report’) was tabled in Parliament on 25 September 2018 and can be found on the Department of Justice website.