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Presumptive legislation: The facts
Cancer compensation reforms introduced into the Victorian Parliament will deliver the presumptive legislation that firefighters want, need and deserve.
This legislation responds to both the Jones Inquiry and the Fire Services Review, and will deliver a fairer go for firefighters – both volunteer and career.
This will deliver greater certainty to all firefighters as quickly as possible.
The Presumptive Rights Compensation scheme will commence after passage of the legislation.
The scheme will be backdated and will apply to firefighters who are injured on or after 1 June 2016.
Importantly, it does not contain an onerous event threshold measure. There will be no rule requiring volunteer firefighters to have attended a specific number of fires.
Instead, the legislation will put in place an advisory committee, based on the Queensland model, to help inform WorkSafe on decision making.
A number of additional benefits included as part of this package:
- People who attended exceptional exposure events but don’t meet the minimum years of service criteria, will be included; and
- A dedicated assistance fund will be established to support the small number of other people who were put at risk, got sick, but could otherwise have fallen through the net.
This will give volunteers the certainty they need, and peace of mind at a very difficult time and in very difficult circumstances.