The Tasmanian Government has introduced its Australian-first Bill providing presumptive compensation to all public sector workers with PTSD, saying it will consider extending the presumption to more occupational groups, and the laws will reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions.
In another Australian first, Tasmania has cemented plans to provide presumptive workers' compensation to all public servants - and possibly private sector workers - with post-traumatic stress disorder, despite a review advising against legislative change.
> New safety bans with $1m fines receive assent in NSW; > ACT adopts final model WHS Regulations and extended "wiring rules"; > Workers' comp changes progress in ACT and Tas; and > Hazardous substances regulations commence in NZ today.
> High mine safety fines in doubt with upcoming Qld election; > ACT introduces new workers' comp fine and triples death benefits; > PTSD and anti-violence Bills introduced in Tas; and > New laws protect Vic emergency workers from cars used as weapons.
Work safety and workers' compensation amendments have passed Parliament in Queensland and Tasmania, while a NSW inquiry into the Dust Diseases scheme has made five recommendations amid growing concerns of a silicosis "epidemic".
Adversarial workers' comp schemes must be overhauled to ensure emergency services workers with PTSD don't have to battle insurers and non-independent doctors when they're at their most unwell, a paramedics union says.