NSW's new emergency-measures legislation for COVID-19 has been amended to provide presumptive workers' compensation and death benefits to workers across multiple industries diagnosed with the virus. Other jurisdictions have been urged to follow suit.
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A major workers' comp Bill amending the test for psychological injuries has passed Queensland Parliament, while Victoria has reported a near record low workplace injury rate, and workers' comp changes have commenced in NSW.
There was a "real and substantial connection" between a worker's employment and her car crash injuries because she was travelling to a doctor for work-related purposes when the incident occurred, a commission has found.