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Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011

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2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 7), omit “first diagnosed”, substitute “sustained”.

[qualifying period]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 10), at the end of paragraph 7(8)(c), add “and”.

[additional conditions for other cancers]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (after line 10), after paragraph 7(8)(c), insert:

                     (d)  in the case of a cancer of a kind covered by item 8 of the following table—satisfies the conditions (if any) prescribed for such a cancer;

[additional conditions for other cancers]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 11), omit “is taken to have been the dominant cause of”, substitute “is, for the purposes of this Act, taken to have contributed, to a significant degree, to”.

[causation]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 17 and 18), omit “several periods”, substitute “2 or more periods”.

[2 or more periods]

(6)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 19), omit “period.”, substitute “period; and”.

[meaning of firefighter]

(7)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (after line 19), at the end of subsection 7(9), add:

                     (c)  an employee is taken to have been employed as a firefighter only if he or she was (disregarding the effect of any declarations under subsection 5(15)) employed as a firefighter by the Commonwealth, a Commonwealth authority or a licensed corporation.

[meaning of firefighter]

(8)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3, after subsection 7(9), insert:

           (10)  Subsection (8) does not limit, and is not limited by, subsections (1) and (2).

[relationship with other presumptions]

(9)     Schedule 1, page 3, at the end of the Schedule, add (after item 1):

2  Review of amendment

(1)       The Minister must cause an independent review of the operation of the amendment made by item 1 to be undertaken and completed by 31 December 2013.

(2)       The person who undertakes the review must give the Minister a written report of the review.

(3)       The report must be published on the Department’s website.

[review of amendment]

(10)   Schedule 1, page 3, at the end of the Schedule, add (after proposed item 2):

3  Application

The amendment made by item 1 applies in relation to a disease that an employee sustains on or after 4 July 2011.

[application]