Unions in Queensland are feeling victorious now that a state parliamentary committee has recommended that most of the state’s workers compensation scheme remain intact.
Some of the recommendations in their findings include:
– Retaining the existing definitions about who and the types of injuries that are covered
– Keeping the ability of workers to submit a claim under common law if it is found that an injury is caused by the negligence of an employer
– Insurance coverage when travelling to and from work be maintained
John Battams the President of the Queensland Council of Unions praised the parliamentary committee for its “thorough and fair review” and said that he hopes that the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will “take the recommendations on board.”
Mr Battams however did express concern about what are seen as the “grey” areas with the changes that are proposed, such as the change to the definition of psychological injury or how red tape reduction would impact the scheme overall .
There were 246 submissions received by the committee with public forums convened in Mackay, Cairns and Brisbane.
The committee chair LNP MP Michael Crandon said in the final report that every recommendation was debated and in the end the committee felt that the recommendations ensured a good balance between employers and workers and also safeguarding the feasibility of the scheme.