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The Dust Diseases Board Publication Guide

Table of Contents

1.            About Us

2.             Organisation Structure

3.             Location

4.             Our Services

5.             Tools and Resources

6.             Feedback

7.             Our Finances

8.             Our Priorities

9.             How to Access our Information

10.          Our Contact Details

11.    Office of the Information Commissioner New South Wales

About Us

This publication guide has been adopted in accordance with section 22 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

The Workers’ Compensation Dust Diseases Board (DDB) provides a no fault workers’ compensation scheme to past and present workers who have developed a compensable dust disease from occupational exposure to dust as a worker in New South Wales and to their dependants. 

The DDB is committed to ensuring that every person affected by an occupational dust disease receives timely, accurate and effective services delivered with empathy and integrity.

The DDB is subject to the direction and control of the Honourable. Greg Pearce, MLC, Minister for Finance and Services, Minister for the Illawarra.

The DDB is established by the NSW Parliament under the Workers’ Compensation Dust Diseases Act 1942.

 The DDB’s operations are regulated principally by the provisions of the:

Organisational Structure

The DDB is led by a stakeholder Board constituted under the Workers’ Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942.  The Board’s responsibilities include:

 Determine awards for compensation

  • Manage the Dust Diseases Board fund
  • Corporate and financial governance
  • Determination of corporation
  • Determination of corporate and operational policy
  • Approve and monitor finances

The Board has seven members; an independent chairperson; three Members representing employers and three Members representing employees.  Board members are appointed by the Minister for Finance and Services for a three year term.

The Board’s Medical Authority is responsible for determining whether an applicant has contracted a dust disease and, if so, the level of disability and proportion of exposure as a worker in New South Wales attributable to the dust disease.

The Medical Authority comprises 3 thoracic physicians, including an independent chairperson, a member representing employers and a member representing employees.

Location

 The DDB is located at Level 2, 82 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Our Services

 Our services include:

  • Determining applications for compensation made by workers and their dependants under the Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942
  • Providing advice and information to applicants on benefits available under the Dust Diseases Scheme and the method of application.  The Dust Diseases Board also provides onging advice and assistance to clients and their families on a range of matters including benefit entitlements of dependants on the death of a worker.
  • Providing medical examinations for workers' compensation benefits and workers exposed to hazardous dusts in the workplace.  Examinations include lung function tests, chest x-rays and examination and interview by a respiratory physician.  Examinations are conducted at our Sydney office, on our mobile respiratory screening unit and through a network of medical practitioners in NSW and interstate.
  • Paying compensation benefit payments to all beneficiaries under the Dust Diseases Scheme and paying hospital, medical, ambulance and other related expenses incurred as a result of a worker's compensable dust disease.
  • Managing the Dust Diseases Fund.  The Fund is raised through a levy on employers to meet the liabilities of the Dust Diseases Scheme.  The Dust Diseases Board recommends levy rates, collects levy revenue and manages the Fund's investments.
  • Managing the Dust Diseases Board Research and Community Support Grants Scheme.  The scheme was established to encourage research into dust diseases and to provide funding community organisations providing suppport to sufferers of dust diseases and their families.

Tools and Resources 

Factsheets

The DDB has developed a series of factsheets describing our services and workers' compensation entitlements.

Our factsheets can be found on the Publications page of our website

Brochures

The DDB has developed brochures designed to inform members of the community about our client service charter, the compensation process and our occupational screening service for industry.

Our brochures can be found on the Publications page of our website

Forms

The DDB has developed a series of forms to be used by our clients when applying for workers’ compensation benefits and updating changes to personal details.

Our forms can be found on the Forms page of our website

Research Grants

The DDB enters into formal funding agreements with successful applicants under our Research and Community Grants program. 

Our standard funding agreement can be found on the Research Grants page on our website.

Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports can be found on the Publications page on our website

Policy and Procedures

The DDB has developed a number of policies and procedures for our business, including:

  • Staff Code of Conduct and Ethics
  • Client Service Charter
  • Complaints and Feedback  Policy
  • Management of payment to uncontactable clients
  • Procedures for handing referrals from medical practitioners
  • Procedures for providing client information
  • Reimbursement of travelling expenses associated with medical examinations
  • Gifts and Benefits Policy
  • Industrial History Officer’s Guidelines and Procedures
  • Call Centre Procedures
  • Privacy Policy and Procedures
  • Records Management Policy
  • Claims Assessment Policy
  • Funeral Expenses Policy
  • Investment Management Policy
  • Making changes to worker/dependant client details
  • Fraud and Corruption Control Policy
  • Proof of Identity
  • Medical examination of workers
  • Commencement date of award of compensation
  • Death of an applicant procedure
  • Payment of HIC Medicare

Copies of our policies and procedures can be obtained by contacting the Right for Information Officer at gipa@ddb.nsw.gov.au or by phone (02) 8223 6600.

GIPA access application form

Members of the public can complete the attached application form to apply for formal access to government information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). 

Our GIPA Application form can also found on the Right to Information and Forms pages on our website

 Feedback

 The DDB values your opinion and wants to hear your views on the quality of the services we provide. If you wish to offer suggestions, compliments or feedback about the DDB’s services, please contact the Director, Client Services by telephone or in writing.

 Our Finances

The Diseases Board Fund is raised through a levy on employers to meet the liabilities of the Dust Diseases Scheme.

 Details relating to the DDB’s financial position are published in the Annual Report Financial Statements each year. 

 Our Annual Reports can be found on the Publications page of our website.

 Our Priorities

The DDB  exists to deliver a sustainable compensation scheme for NSW workers with a compensable dust diseases and their dependants.  We have idenfied the following key focus areas to assist us with meeting our objectives as set out within the Workers’ Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942. 

 Our priorities are:

  • To manage an efficient and effective compensation services
  • To provide sound fund management and maintain scheme viability
  • to be an exemplar organisation
  • To manage cost and work efficiently
  • To maintain a customer focused approach

Additional information about our priorities and future direction can be found in our Annual Report.

Our Annual Report can be found on the Publications page of our website.

How to Access our Information

Under the new Government information laws, there are four ways in which you can access information.

1.     Mandatory release: We will disclose certain information on our website, free of charge. This includes our policy documents, current publication guide, disclosure log and register of government contracts.

2.     Proactive release: In addition to the information contained on our website, we will also release as much government information as possible, in an appropriate way and free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost).

3.     Informal request:  You can request specific information be released. You will not need to make a formal application, unless it is determined one is required.

4.     Formal application:  In limited circumstances you will need to lodge a formal request to access some types of information.  You have a right to access information in this way unless the GIPA Act provides a reason to withhold the information.

 Our Contact Details

 There are a number of ways you can access information:

  • Contact us on (02) 8223 6600 or 18010 550 027 (toll free)
  • Write to us at our postal address GPO Box 5323 Sydney NSW 2001

 Office of the Information Commissioner New South Wales

The Office of the Information Commissioner New South Wales can be contacted by:

  • Telephone on 1800 INFOCOM (1800 463 626) (toll free)
  • Writing to GPO Box 7011 Sydney NSW 2001
  • Visitn their office at Level 11, 1 Castlereagh Street Sydney
  • Visiting their website  

         

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