The WA Government is drafting a bill to amend the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. The bill seeks to increase the lump sum paid to dependants of people who die at work from $304,185 to $554,727.
The weekly allowance paid to support each dependent child will increase from $58.10 to $133. The Government will also ensure equality of access to compensate de facto partners and married spouses.
The Bill will simplify the method for apportioning the lump sum between multiple dependants, streamline the claims process, and ensure dependent children receive an appropriate level of financial support.
“The current workers’ compensation legislation is unfair and very complicated,” Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said.
“We’re very keen to act now and see dependent family members of workers killed on the job receive fair and reasonable compensation, which is prioritised and expedited.
“It’s disappointing to see the former government didn’t act on this issue when they received a final report regarding a review of the Act in June 2014.”