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Australian and SA Governments sign landmark skills agreement

The Hon Tony Burke MP

Supporting first responders in ACT and Commonwealth workplaces

The Albanese Labor Government will make it easier for first responders who develop post-traumatic stress disorder to access workers’ compensation.

First responders suffering from mental health conditions such as PTSD can often find the workers’ compensation claims process challenging and stressful. It’s vital they get the support they need.

As part of the Closing Loopholes Bill, to be introduced on Monday, affected workers will no longer be required to prove that their job significantly contributed to their PTSD when making a compensation claim. 

This is referred to as “presumptive provisions” – effectively reversing the onus of proof from the injured worker to the employer.

These reforms cover Commonwealth and ACT Government first responders including Australian Federal Police employees, ambulance officers and paramedics.

It also includes firefighters, emergency service communications operators and any other members of an emergency service in the Emergencies Act 2004 (ACT), including ACT State Emergency Service employees, and associated volunteers.

It forms part of the Albanese Labor Government’s efforts to improve safety and support for workers.

This Government will always stand alongside the first responders who keep Australia safe.
It builds on our work with firefighters to ensure they have better access to the compensation they deserve.

This will streamline the processes for first responders, supporting their mental health and recovery.

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