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Making a Claim

There are a number of steps involved in the determining an application for compensation:

Applications made by workers

1. An application for compensation must be completed and lodged with the Board together with:

  • a report from a doctor stating that you have or are suspected to have a compensable dust disease
  • documents proving the identity of the applicant and of any persons claimed as dependants
  • available medical information showing that a dust disease exists, including respiratory tests and x-rays taken within the last 6 months together with any other relevant medical documents. If the applicant does provide these documents, the Board will need to obtain them from the treating doctor(s).

If a claimant does not know if they have a dust disease, the Dust Diseases Board can arrange a free medical examination.  This must be done before lodging a compensation application. These tests may be performed by the Dust Diseases Board's Medical Section or by a designated doctor in your area.

2. The applicant is interviewed by one of the Board's Industrial History Officers.  After interviewing the applicant and gathering corroborating information, the Industrial History Officer will prepare a report documenting the applicant's exposure to dust in the workplace.

3. The Board's Medical Authority reviews all the information and determines if the applicant has a compensable dust disease, and if so, the level of disablement attributable to the dust disease and the proportion of exposure as a worker in NSW attributable to the dust disease.

4. The Board calculates any compensation entitlement payable in accordance with the relevant legislation ie. Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942 and Workers' Compensation Act 1987.  Benefit rates are set by the legislation.

Applications made by the dependants of deceased workers

1. An application for compensation must be filled out and lodged with the Board together with:

  • documents proving the identity of the applicant and of any persons claimed as dependants
  • documents proving the applicant was dependant for support on the deceased worker
  • documents showing the financial circumstances of the applicant at the date of the worker's death.

2. The Board's Medical Authority will determine if the worker's death was attributable to a dust disease.

3. The Board calculates any compensation entitlement payable in accordance with the relevant legislation ie. Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942 and Workers' Compensation Act 1987 .  Benefit rates are set by the legislation.

No fees are payable for lodging an application for compensation.  All application forms can be found on the forms page of this website.

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