Also known as the Dust Diseases Authority – formerly known as the Dust Diseases Board
icare dust diseases care may provide compensation to sufferers who have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease or an occupational dust related disease, as a result of being exposed whilst working as an employee in NSW. Dependent family members may also be entitled to compensation (even if the worker never registered in his or her life time). It doesn’t matter where a person lives, they still may be eligible for support or compensation, as long as the asbestos or other relevant dust exposure occurred whilst working as an employee in NSW.
Dust diseases covered by icare dust diseases care
Aluminosis | Asbestosis | Asbestos Induced Carcinoma (Lung Cancer)| Asbestos Related Pleural Diseases (ARPD) | Bagassosis | Berylliosis | Byssinosis | Black Lung (Coal Dust Pneumoconiosis)* | Farmer’s Lung | Hard Metal Pneumoconiosis | Mesothelioma | Silicosis | Silico-tuberculosis | Talcosis
They may also cover other conditions affecting the lungs, pleura or peritoneum that can also cause one of the diseases in the list above. However, these conditions must be related to an exposure to dust that then leads to one of the above diseases.
icare dust diseases care does not cover all dust diseases
Unfortunately, there are some circumstances and diseases, they don’t cover.
*For instance they don’t cover dust diseases contracted by coal miners in or around coal mining, as worker’s compensation for coal miners can be found via Coal Mines Insurance(external link).
Also they do not cover ‘pleural plaques‘ as it is not reported as a dust disease that causes disability and therefore it is considered the diagnosed person has the ability to continue work.