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Review of the firefighter provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) report released

Media Release

The Morrison Government welcomes the findings of a review of workers compensation arrangements for firefighters employed under the SRC Act, which will expand coverage and streamline claims.

All recommendations from the review have been accepted by the Government, including:

  • expanding the list of prescribed cancers to include malignant mesothelioma;
  • reducing the qualifying period for oesophageal cancer from 25 to 15 years and;
  • extending the firefighter provisions to cover volunteer firefighters taken to be employed by the Australian Capital Territory.

Firefighters covered by the SRC Act include those employed by Airservices Australia, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the ACT Government.

The review was conducted by the Attorney-General's Department with expert assistance from University of Sydney Professor of Epidemiology and Occupational Medicine, Tim Driscoll, as well as being informed by submissions from key stakeholders.

"The Government is committed to supporting our firefighters, who play such a critical role in protecting our communities, including during the recent bushfires that devastated large parts of the country", Attorney-General, Christian Porter said.

"All of the review's recommendations have been accepted and the Government will now work with key industry stakeholders, including employers and unions, to implement these changes.

"The Government will continue to review the available scientific literature from time to time to ensure the list of prescribed diseases remains up-to-date and consistent with current science. I thank all stakeholders who provided submissions to the review, and Professor Tim Driscoll for his expert assistance with the review."

Read the final report of the review here.