Workcover published its final report of its review of the current Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 on 26 June 2014. As usual with Workcover, very little time has been allowed to comment on the report. One of the changes is to re-number the sections of the Act – which won’t make it any easier to understand. Another unnecessary reform is to the definition of “worker”. This term has a well settled meaning in Western Australia, but in the interests of modernizing the Act we’ll now have a new shiny untried definition, based on a definition in the Income Tax Assessment Act. I look forward to the litigation!
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