Workers’ comp call
While policing is a hazardous occupation, police officers who are injured or otherwise unable to work do not have the automatic workers compensation entitlements people in other occupations claim to make up for lost income.
“Everyone has workers’ compensation, even other police forces in Australia have workers’ compensation,” the WA Police Union’s central region director Mick Gill said. “We haven’t.” Mr Gill, who is the union’s representative in the Gascoyne and Mid West, said he was hopeful police officers would soon have workers’ compensation provisions.
Mr Gill said while police had good sick leave provisions for their first 168 days off work, it was up to the Commissioner whether or not they received any compensation if they could not work again. He said police work carried unique risks. WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said she had announced a redress scheme for medically retired police late last year and hoped to progress the matter this year.