Volunteer firefighters, SES volunteers, surf life savers, marine rescue and volunteer rescue association workers injured during their volunteer work will now have access to greater benefits, following amendments to the Workers Compensation (Bush Fire, Emergency and Rescue Services) Act 1987, passed by the NSW Parliament in June 2022.

Through the 2019 bushfires, Parliament recognised the importance and critical role volunteers played in the community and in saving lives. As a result, legislation was changed to equalise some of the benefits between volunteers and their paid counterparts.

One of the most significant benefits arising from the amendment is that injured volunteers are now entitled to weekly payments of compensation and medical expenses on a provisional basis.

Find out more here.