New laws accelerating workers' access to COVID-19-related compensation and easing constraints on damages claims have been flagged for Western Australia. The State has also revised the start date for its mobile phone distraction crackdown, and called for comments on an anti-violence Code for workplaces.
In a move that will give many stakeholders feelings of deja vu, the Western Australian Labor Government has approved the drafting of a new statute to replace the State's 37-year-old Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act.
Workers' compensation death benefits are being doubled in Western Australia, but the State Government has declined to comment on the new workers' comp Act, which has been in the drafting phase for three years.
The new Western Australian Government could amend its draft WHS laws to include union-led prosecutions and 20-year jail terms for recklessness, and attempt to block the expansion of the Comcare scheme, Labor Party policy documents show.