What happens after you apply

After you apply, your application is assessed by an independent medical panel. There may be additional reviews depending on whether you are a worker or a dependant of a deceased worker.

For workers

  1. After you have submitted your application, you might be interviewed by one of our industrial history officers after they have gathered information on your exposure to hazardous dusts. If this happens, the officers will write an additional report to go with your application.
  2. Your application is then reviewed by an independent medical panel. They determine if you have a compensable dust disease, and if so, the level of disablement and what the proportion of exposure was due to working in NSW.
  3. We then calculate your compensation payments as outlined in NSW legislation.
  4. A final decision is then made on whether you are eligible to receive compensation and benefits through the Scheme. We will inform you of our decision by phone, and then send you written confirmation.

For dependants

  1. After you have submitted your application, it is reviewed by an independent medical panel to determine if the worker's death was because of a dust disease.
  2. We then calculate your compensation payments as outlined in the legislation.
  3. A final decision is then made on whether you are eligible to receive compensation and benefits through the Scheme. We will inform you of our decision by phone, and then send you written confirmation.

Further information

How long the application process takes

All applications are different, but we aim to have all applications processed in under two months. Factors that can influence the time it takes include:

  • Whether the independent medical panel can easily establish that your dust disease resulted from exposure to hazardous dusts at a place of employment in New South Wales
  • Whether your disablement is complicated by any other factors such as exposure outside of New South Wales, or other diseases or non-occupational exposure
  • Whether you are a worker under the Workers' Compensation Act 1987

Industrial history

This is information collected by one of our industrial history officers about your work history which is then included in your application. It can include information on:

  • where you have worked
  • the work you have performed
  • the dust exposure that may have occurred
  • Any other additional information we think is important to your application

The industrial history officer may contact your previous employers or work colleagues to confirm your employment details and your potential exposure to a dust disease.

If you disagree with a decision 

If you disagree with a decision of the Medical Authority or us, you may request an internal review of that decision. 

To do this you need to write to us requesting a review and setting out the reasons why you disagree with the decision.

You may also appeal a decision of the Medical Authority or us in relation to a claim for compensation to the District Court of New South Wales in accordance with rules of that Court.  An appeal must be lodged within six months of being informed of the decisions. 

The District Court of New South Wales can be contacted on 1300 679 272