Despite welcoming the modest improvements to the workers compensation legislation the NSW Government has also altered the operations of the Dust Diseases Board.

Unions NSW is cautious as to the motivation around this as the scheme is able to pay 120% of its estimated liabilities and remained financially stable throughout the GFC. The independent Board has had its powers to determine individual claims removed, and also more importantly had its power to set underwriting principles for the scheme. The independent Board was already turning urgent cases around in less than two days via circular motion.

With the estimated peak incidence of asbestos related disease coming in the next decade and the Dust Diseases Board's commitment prior to being disbanded to extend the coverage of lung cancer liability, the unions can only question the motivations.

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