WA frontline workers get cover for virus

Western Australian essential healthcare workers, who at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, will be better supported if they become infected and need access to workers' compensation entitlements.

A Bill will be introduced to state parliament to amend the Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 to provide a presumption of work-related injury for health care workers who contract the virus and claim workers' compensation.

The amendment will ensure infected workers are treated as a priority and will not need to endure lengthy and costly claim investigations to prove they contracted COVID-19 at work.

Electronic services of some documents will be better facilitated and the termination day, which constricts a worker's ability to pursue common law damages, will be removed under the Bill.

Health Minister Roger Cook said it was vital frontline workers were given the support they needed.

"Our health care workers have been magnificent on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19," he said.

"Their dedication and professionalism in often difficult circumstances has been exceptional.

Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said rewriting the legislation was at an advanced stage and will be subject to public consultation in the coming months.

"It's important the workers' compensation scheme does not unfairly burden or constrain the rights of health care workers," he said.