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Friday, 22 May 1970

Mr Hansen (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Is he able to say in what States persons involved in civil defence work during an emergency are covered by workers' compensation.

(2)   Is he also able to say whether any guarantees are given of compensation for loss or repairs to vehicles, craft, etc., involved in civil defence work during an emergency.

Mr Nixon (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Each State is responsible for its own civil defence and emergency services. The matter of coverage for workers' compensation of volunteers engaged on civil defence work during an emergency and compensation for loss or repair of vehicles, craft, etc., is determined by the respective State Governments.

In all States except Victoria civil defence volunteers are covered by an insurance policy which provides for payment for accidental injury and loss of income resulting from participation in organised civil defence training or operations.

(2)   In Western Australia and Tasmania the insurance policy is extended to cover personal property. In South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales property is not covered by the policy, but in New South Wales where damage or loss of property has occurred ex gratia payments have been made in all cases to cover damage sustained.

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