Apply for dust diseases care

Making an application with icare dust diseases care is free, and you don’t need a lawyer to represent you.

If you've been diagnosed with a dust disease due to harmful dust exposure at work, we encourage you to contact us first to discuss your situation prior to making an application.

The process for applying for care is different depending on whether you are a worker or a family member who is dependent.

For us to make a decision to provide you with support, we need to assess your eligibility when we receive your application.

How to apply

To make an application as an injured worker, you will need to:

  • Complete a medical examination to determine if you have a dust disease, either through our medical centre, the lung screening bus, or your local doctor. You can contact us to arrange an examination on your behalf.  
  • Download and complete our worker's application form.
  • If you have opted to see your local doctor, include a doctor's report from a certified respiratory specialist stating that you have (or are suspected to have) a compensable dust disease.
  • Include proof of identity for yourself and anyone claiming as dependents.
  • Include any medical information relevant to your dust disease (e.g. lung scans, respiratory tests and x-rays within the last six months).
  • Include pathology reports if you are living with cancer.
  • Sign all forms where necessary.
  • Send us your application and required forms via fax, mail or email.

If you would like to make an application but you're not sure how to gather all the information required, please contact us. We can work on your behalf to arrange the necessary exams and paperwork for us to assess your application.

How to apply as a dependent

You may be eligible to receive benefits as a dependant of someone who has passed away from a work-related dust disease.

What you will need to do will depend on whether that someone:

  • was receiving compensation and support from Dust Diseases Care before they died; or
  • had not received any benefits or support from Dust Diseases Care prior to their death

The person you were dependent on was receiving compensation from us

You do not need to complete an application form if you were dependent on support from someone who died from a dust disease and they had been receiving compensation from us prior to their death.

We will already have important information to assist you and we will contact you by phone or email to discuss what further information we may need from you. We may request you to provide further details which we may not currently have such as:

  • Copies of any documents that confirm you were dependent for support on the deceased person at  the time of their death
  • Copies of any documents showing your financial circumstances at the date of the person’s death (eg. Centrelink/Department of Veteran Affairs statements, payslips, income tax returns, etc)
  • Proof of enrollment as a full time student for any children aged between 16 and 21 years who were dependent on the deceased person.
  • Proof of enrollment as a full time student for any dependant children aged 16 to 21 years

If we request further information from you, this can be sent to us via email, mail or fax

The person you were dependent on had not previously received compensation from us

You will need to complete an application form if the person you were dependent on was not receiving a benefit from us prior to their death.

To make an application, you will need to provide us with:

  • A completed dependent application for compensation form
  • Proof of your identity
  • Copies of any documents that confirm that you were dependent for support on the deceased worker at the time of the worker’s death
  • Copies of any documents showing your financial circumstances at the date of the person’s death (eg. Centrelink/Department of Veteran Affairs statements, payslips, income tax returns, etc)
  • Proof of identity for any children who were dependent on the deceased worker and proof of enrollment as a full time student for any children aged between 16 and 21 years who were dependent on the deceased worker

To lodge your application, you can send us the form and required documents via email, mail or fax

Alternatively you can call us directly for assistance and we can commence the application process for you at that time

Our assessment process

Once you submit your application with all relevant forms listed above, we can assess your eligibility for care.

We aim to process all applications within 60 working days. Factors that can influence the time it takes include:

  • Whether you provide us with the information required to enable us to assess your application and make a decision
  • Whether the independent medical panel requires further information to establish that your dust disease resulted from exposure to hazardous dusts at a place of employment in New South Wales
  • Whether the disability you are living with is complicated by any other factors such as exposure outside of New South Wales, or other diseases or non-occupational exposure
  • Whether you are a worker under the Workplace Injury Management and Workers' Compensation Act 1987 or the Workers' Compensation Act 1926
  • Whether you are an eligible dependent and have provided us with sufficient information to enable us to assess your application and determine whether you were dependent for support on the worker

Assessment process for workers

After submitting your application, you may be interviewed by one of our industrial history officers after they have gathered information on your exposure to hazardous dusts at work.

Your application is then reviewed by an independent medical panel. They determine if you have a compensable dust disease, and if so, the level of related disability and the proportion of exposure due to working in NSW.

We then calculate the value of your initial compensation payments as outlined in NSW legislation.

A decision is made on whether you are eligible. We will inform you of our decision by phone, and then send you written confirmation.

Assessment process for eligible dependants

After you have submitted your application, it is reviewed by an independent medical panel to determine if your family member’s passing was associated with their dust disease.

We then calculate your compensation payments as outlined in the legislation.

A final decision is then made on whether you are eligible. We will inform you of our decision by phone, and then send you written confirmation.