A Bill to ensure dependent family members of WA workers killed on the job receive reasonable compensation passed through the Legislative Council on Thursday.
The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Bill 2017 significantly increases the lump sum payable to dependants and more than doubles the child’s allowance payable to each dependent child.
This lump sum will increase from $ 308,339 to $ 570,767, indexed annually, and the child’s allowance will increase from $ 58.90 a week to $ 135 a week, indexed annually.
Other changes will see de facto partners of workers given the same access to compensation as married spouses.
The new laws are anticipated to come into operation on July 1, 2018.
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