Queensland Law Society

Put the brakes on removing journey claims

Date 23 Sep 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society today reinforced that workers’ compensation journey claims were a critical element of an effective system for workers and employers.

President Annette Bradfield said Queensland’s scheme led the nation in fairness and sustainability and removing journey claims would unduly impact thousands of people.

“Recently reported calls to remove these types of claims are ill-considered, particularly regarding the potential effect on regional workers and people who have drive in-drive out roles,” Ms Bradfield said.

“Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme has had the benefit of a thorough parliamentary review this year that involved a comprehensive consultation process.

“The committee’s report, which is now with the Attorney-General for consideration, did not recommend change regarding journey claims.

“It is a stable scheme that is good for business and good for workers, and this is played out in the facts.

“Through the current workers’ compensation scheme, Queensland business enjoys the second lowest premiums in Australia, although when you factor in that Victorian employers pay a higher excess, it’s on par with that state.

“Our common law claims, claims rates and payments are decreasing.

“The scheme is in good financial health – making a profit last year with sufficient reserves to meet its liabilities, unlike most comparable schemes in other states.

“We recommend Queensland does not travel down the road of removing journey claims from the scheme.”