Also known as the Dust Diseases Authority – formerly known as the Dust Diseases Board
icare dust diseases care provides compensation to people who have been diagnosed with a dust related disease, as a result of being exposed whilst working as an employee in NSW and covered by NSW’s Workers Compensation Scheme. It doesn’t matter where you live, you still may be eligible for support or compensation, as long as your asbestos exposure was whilst working as an employee covered by NSW’s Workcover (workers working under Federal Government entities when exposed are generally not covered by icare Dust Diseases Care).
Dust diseases covered by icare dust diseases care
Aluminosis | Asbestosis | Asbestos induced carcinoma | Asbestos related pleural diseases (ARPD) | Bagassosis | Berylliosis | Byssinosis | Coal dust pneumoconiosis* | Farmers’ 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.
Dust diseases icare dust diseases care don’t 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.