By: Peter Walker
- Oversees the Queensland workers' compensation scheme
- An independent statutory authority; receives no government funding
- Four main functions; regulating, resolving disputes, educating and managing data.
In 1997, WorkCover Queensland had dual roles; the first was to provide the accident insurance under the WorkCover Queensland Act 1996 and the second was to enforce the Act as a regulator. In May 2000 the regulatory arm, which had been known up until that time as the WorkCover Regulatory Functions Division, moved to separate premises and at the same time launched the new name Q-COMP. The separation was in order to reinforce the independence and impartiality of the regulatory services.
Full division of the insurance and regulatory functions was approved by the Government under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003.
Q-COMP’s responsibility for overseeing the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme is delivered through four main activities:
- monitoring insurer performance and compliance with the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act)
- deciding self-insurance applications
- approving amounts payable under an industrial instruments
- monitoring employer rehabilitation compliance and providing advice
- collecting fees and administering grants.
2. Resolving disputes
- reviewing insurer decisions
- managing appeals of review decisions
- supporting the medical assessment tribunals (MAT).
3. Educating and informing
- promoting education about the workers' compensation scheme.
4. Managing data
- maintaining and analysing statistics and reporting on the scheme.
GB were the first non-self-insurer to attain Qld Workers' Compensation Statutory Claims Officer Accreditation from Q-COMP. GB can assist you to improve your workers' compensation claims management processes to meet Q-COMP's regulatory requirements.