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Review of the firefighter provisions of the SRC Act 1988 - Final report

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Final report of the review of the firefighter provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act)

The final report of the review was provided to the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations. The government has accepted the report’s recommendations and intention that key stakeholders will be consulted in the implementation of the recommendations, including amendments to the SRC Act.

The review made the following recommendations:

  • The qualifying period for oesophageal cancer be reduced from 25 years to 15 years.
  • The current list of prescribed diseases at subsection 7(8) should be expanded to include malignant mesothelioma with a qualifying period of 15 years.
  • The Attorney-General’s Department should continue to periodically examine the available scientific literature to ensure the list of prescribed diseases remains consistent with current science, with a particular focus on female reproductive cancers, malignant melanoma and lung cancer in non-smoking firefighters.
  • Lung cancer (whether in smokers or non-smokers) should not be included in the list of prescribed diseases.
  • The firefighter provisions of the SRC Act be extended to persons taken to be employed by the Australian Capital Territory by operation of a declaration made under subsection 5(15) of the SRC Act (volunteer firefighters).
  • Comcare should continue to investigate measures that provide more timely access to compensation for claimants under the firefighter provisions.

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