Jarrod Bleijie
Jarrod Bleijie Tom Huntley

Qld workers comp laws will be envy of all, says Bleijie

QUEENSLAND Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will introduce changes to State Parliament this week that he claims will restore the workers compensation scheme as the envy of every other state.

Mr Bleijie said the scheme will be the fairest in the nation, with the most coverage for workers and the lowest premiums for employers.

"Our scheme will put the focus back on injury management, rehabilitation and return to work outcomes for injured workers and a competitive premium for employers," he said.

"Queensland workers will continue to be protected under changes to strengthen the existing system.

"We want workers to be covered, even when they are travelling to and from work, so journey claims will be retained.

"Queensland will be the only State to provide this type of coverage," he said.

Mr Bleijie said the State Government was also taking measures to protect businesses from outlandish claims and skyrocketing premiums.

"Access to common law claims will remain in Queensland, except for those with a medically assessed injury of 5% or less," Mr Bleijie said.

"Every injured worker will continue to be covered under the statutory no fault compensation system which includes payment for lost wages, medical treatment and access to lump sum compensation.

"We want to help injured workers get back on their feet as quickly as possible."

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said the plan to change the access to common law claims was a blow for Queensland workers.

"Removing this for injured workers will undoubtedly sentence some Queensland families to poverty," he said.