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New workers’ compensation protections for CWP sufferers

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World Coal,

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the new workers’ compensation protections to address compensation arrangements for workers with Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP).

The QRC was one of the first bodies who advocated for a review of the scheme to ensure all workers who contract CWP receive fair compensation in a timely fashion, and retired workers or workers who had left the industry can access medical examinations at no cost. 

The industry was very grateful with Minister Grace’s quick response in establishing the Stakeholder Reference Group and applauds her commitment to addressing compensation arrangements for CWP with this Bill. 

QRC recognised workers, who are diagnosed with early stages of CWP should be entitled to receive statutory compensation including in circumstances where those workers are not suffering any permanent impairment or incapacity for work. 

The Bill complements the ongoing work of Minister Lynham and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, including the implementation of the recommendations made in the Monash Review, for which the industry fully supports. 

The health and safety of workers is a core value and the resources sector will only strengthen its commitment to see that CWP is eradicated. 

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