ABSTRACT-The 4 recommendations likely to impact upon practice are:
- There is a recommendation that the definition of a psychiatric injury be changed – such that for a psychiatric injury to be compensable - employment must be 'the major significant contributing factor'.
- There is a recommendation that psychiatric injuries be the subject of separate and specific reference in the Act and that they be categorised depending upon their "cause"
- There is a recommendation that psychiatric injuries as a result of 'harassment' be potentially referred for determination pursuant to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 rather than the Workers Compensation & Rehabilitation Act 2003 (perhaps inviting a penal response as opposed to a compensatory response?)
- There is a recommendation that all investigations and prosecutions for offences against the Act be undertaken by Q-COMP.
On 7 June 2012 the Queensland Government agreed to a motion that the Finance and Administration Committee (the Committee)3 inquire into and report on the operation of Queensland's Workers' Compensation Scheme (the scheme).