Employment: Work-related injuries

Compensable occupational disease

Employers are liable to pay compensation for injuries that are sustained by their employees as a result of occupational diseases that are specified in the ECO.

A disease that arises due to the nature of any occupation in which an employee was employed at any time within the prescribed period is regarded as a compensable occupational disease. 46 occupational diseases are covered by the ECO. If you want more information on the diseases covered, please go to Schedule 2 (Occupational Diseases) of the ECO.

An employee who suffers incapacity arising from a specified occupational disease is entitled to receive the same compensation in the same way as an employee who is injured in an occupational accident.