Feb 2022: The second independent review of the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011 has begun.
About the scheme
Tasmania’s asbestos compensation scheme provides fair and appropriate compensation to:
- a worker who develops an asbestos-related disease as a result of exposure to asbestos during the course of their work in Tasmania; and
- certain family members of a worker who has died as a result of asbestos-related disease.
If you fall into either of these categories, you can make a claim for compensation.
If you are, or were, a worker as defined by the legislation (see Definitions in asbestos compensation), you may be entitled to compensation under the scheme if:
- you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and
- you were exposed to asbestos fibres during the course of your work in connection with Tasmania, and
- you have not previously received compensation, including through a common law settlement, for the asbestos-related disease that you are claiming for.
If you are a family member of a worker who has died from an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation if:
- you are a spouse, or child under the age of 22, of a worker who has died from an asbestos-related disease, and
- the deceased worker would have been eligible for compensation if they were still alive.
Hiring a lawyer
There is no requirement to seek legal assistance before you make a claim, but you can if you wish to.
The Scheme works closely with applicants to:
- provide advice on eligibility
- keep applicants informed of the progress of their application
- ensure compensation is paid quickly and any expenses are paid promptly.