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.