Deemed diseases

Deemed diseases

The WorkCover Tasmania Board has specified (by notice in December 2017) a list of diseases, occupations and exposures for the purposes of section 26 of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988. This list is referred to as the list of Deemed Diseases.

If a worker —

  • suffers a disease that is specified in the list; and
  • has been employed in an occupation, or has been subject to an exposure at their workplace that is specified in the list to be presumed to contribute to a substantial degree to the disease

— it is to be presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that the worker’s employment contributed to a substantial degree to that disease.

The full notice, listing all diseases, occupations and exposures, can be found in the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Deemed Diseases) Notice 2017.


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