To be entitled to compensation under the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011, a person must be, or must have been, a worker as defined under the legislation at the time of exposure to asbestos. A person may still be eligible even if they have retired from the workforce.
A person may be eligible for compensation if:
- they have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease; and
- they were exposed to asbestos fibres whilst employed in Tasmania; and
- they have not previously received any compensation, including through a common law settlement, for the asbestos-related disease they are applying for.
A worker with an asbestos-related disease that has less than two years life expectancy due to that disease, must apply for compensation within 12 months of correct diagnosis. There are no time frames for application for other asbestos-related diseases.
Certain family members of a worker that has died from an asbestos-related disease may be eligible for compensation if:
- that person is a member of the family of a worker who has died from an asbestos-related disease; and
- the deceased worker would have been eligible for compensation if they were still alive.
A member of the family has 12 months to apply for compensation following the death of the worker with the asbestos-related disease.
Compensation guidance material
(PDF, 1.7 MB) 16 Page/s
This guide will assist you in understanding the asbestos compensation scheme in Tasmania and how it works.
ID: GB283 | Date: Mar 2012 | Format: Guide
(PDF, 1.9 MB) 2 Page/s
The asbestos compensation scheme provides compensation under the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011 to a worker who develops an asbestos-related disease as a result of exposure to asbestos during the course of their work in Tasmania.
ID: IS222 | Date: Jan 2012 | Format: Information sheet
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