Workers compensation bulletin - issue 54

In this edition: Firefighters amendment introduced into Parliament.

Firefighters amendment introduced into Parliament

The Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment (Firefighters) Bill 2018 has been introduced into Parliament by the NSW Government. The proposed amendments seek to make it easier for NSW firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers to claim workers compensation entitlements.

If passed by Parliament, the amendments will enable eligible firefighters diagnosed with one of 12 specified cancers, and who meet applicable employment periods, to automatically be presumed to have acquired that cancer because of their firefighting work.

As announced by the Government on 27 September 2018, the presumption will apply to all eligible firefighters with cancers diagnosed on or after 27 September 2018. A firefighter who has previously had a claim denied regarding one of the specified cancers on the basis that the firefighter was unable to prove a link to employment may also bring a new claim under the presumption legislation.

You can view this Bill and follow its progress on the Parliament of NSW website.

Learn more about workers compensation reforms, or read the media release.