Queensland Law Society

Repeal of the impairment threshold for access to workers’ compensation claims

Date 17 Jul 2015
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Queensland Law Society welcomes the proposed repeal of the impairment threshold for access to workers’ compensation claims put forward in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

President Michael Fitzgerald says the Society called for the repeal in its Call to Parties statement issued in the lead-up to the state election.

“Repealing the impairment threshold will ensure that people who suffer significant impairment through accidents at work have access to adequate compensation,” Mr Fitzgerald says.

“The 5% threshold had the effect of disenfranchising injured workers with legitimate claims, which did those workers an injustice.”

Mr Fitzgerald says the Society also supports the referral of the Bill to the Parliamentary Finance and Administration Committee.

“The Society supports proper consultation on legislative reform, and looks forward to making detailed submissions on the full scope of the Bill.”