Family supports changes following a work-related death - Workplace Safety Legislation and Other Matters Amendment Act 2022

Information about changes to family supports which became law on 16 March 2022 and commenced on July 1.



The Act amends the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (AC Act) and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act) to improve entitlements for families of deceased workers.

The changes provide additional support to families of a deceased worker and acknowledge the hardships and challenges they might face. The changes also recognise the additional needs of a dependant who lives with a disability.

The Act includes four changes to improve outcomes and services to the families of deceased workers.

Those affected by the changes

These changes will apply to any workplace death that occurs on or after 1 July 2022. Children's entitlement to the pension will apply retrospectively to anyone between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time the changes commence.

WorkSafe has updated guidance for families and dependants after a work-related death.

Victorian Legislation

The Workplace Safety Legislation and Other Matters Amendment Act 2022 and other Parliamentary documents can be found on the Victorian Legislation website.

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