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WA follows NSW with virus cover change

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The WA Government has introduced a parliamentary Bill removing barriers for healthcare workers who contract COVID-19 on the job in accessing workers' compensation entitlements.

The change means healthcare workers will not be required to go through lengthy and costly claim investigations to prove they contracted COVID-19 at work. It follows a similar amendment recently passed in NSW.

"It's important the workers' compensation scheme does not unfairly burden or constrain the rights of healthcare workers,” Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said. “This Bill will ensure they receive the support they need.”

The Bill will also facilitate electronic service of some documents, remove ‘termination day’ which limits a worker’s ability to pursue common law damages, and provide for indexation of worker entitlements in regulations.

Mr Johnston says a rewrite of workers' compensation legislation is at an advanced stage and will be subject to public consultation in coming months.