Q-COMP is the workers’ compensation regulatory authority. Their primary function is to regulate the workers’ compensation scheme under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Here you will find scheme-wide statistics and information about legislation and amendments.
WorkCover in Queensland is slightly different to models in some other Australian states. Importantly in Queensland, WorkCover is responsible for workers’ compensation insurance and is governed by the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is a separate part of the Queensland Government, governed by the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. Both WorkCover and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland report to the same Minister and consult with one another, but their responsibilities and operations are different and separate.
The Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel (OQPC) is responsible for drafting all Queensland Acts, and subordinate legislation made under most Queensland Acts. This web site contains the Queensland legislation database created and maintained by OQPC since 1991.
Australian workers' compensation authorities
WorkCover Queensland is a Queensland government owned statutory authority, operating as an independent, commercial enterprise. WorkCover Queensland is independent of any other workers' compensation authority.
Links to other workers' compensation authorities in Australia:
Employers who operate in multiple states
WorkCover Queensland, together with other workers' compensation authorities, is striving to make workers' compensation easier for employers who operate in multiple states.
Workers' compensation guidance material shows a commitment to the development of common approaches to administering premium, compensation, safety issues and self insurance arrangements, while ensuring the benefits and support for injured workers are protected.
Revised workers' compensation claim forms can now be used in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
To further assist employers operating in multiple states, and to ensure consistent and equitable outcomes for all Australian workers and employers, the Australian Government statutory body Safe Work Australia, has put in place an action plan to nationally harmonise workers' compensation arrangements that will take affect 1 January 2012. Information about this plan can be found on the Workers' compensation harmonisation page.
Safe Work Australia also releases an Annual Comparative Monitoring Report, which provides trend analysis on the health and safety workers’ compensation schemes operating in Australia and New Zealand. The 2011 report can be downloaded here. The 2010 report is also available here.