State government introduces Bill to increase workplace death compensation payouts to families
The CPSU/CSA welcomes the McGowan government’s announcement that they will introduce a Bill to ensure the families of people who are killed at work receive fair, reasonable, and timely compensation.
The proposed Bill will amend the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 to significantly increase the lump sum payable to dependant partners and more than double the child’s allowance payable to each dependent child.
The Bill increases the lump sum from $308,339 to $562,303 indexed annually. This new lump sum is 2.5 times the maximum compensation payable for a non-fatal injury.
There are also changes to the eligibility requirements. Partners of deceased workers will no longer need to prove their financial dependency and whether they have lived with their partner for at least two years.
These changes are a win for working families and the Union movement.
Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said the McGowan Government is committed to ensuring the State industrial relations system is modernised. The CPSU/CSA is aware that the McGowan government is currently conducting a review of the broader Industrial Relations system and looks forward to changes like these that improve the working lives of Union members.