Eligibility for dust diseases care

If you've been diagnosed with a work-related dust disease in NSW, you and your family could be eligible for compensation and care.

Your eligibility to receive financial compensation and care through icare Dust Diseases Care is determined by three major criteria.

To be eligible to make an application, you need:

  1. A medical diagnosis of a dust disease covered by our scheme
  2. Evidence that the exposure to harmful dust occurred while you were employed in NSW
  3. A level of disability as a result of your dust disease

Dust diseases are rare and slow to develop. Most do not develop for at least 10 years after first exposure.

Dust diseases can only be detected through a medical examination. The examination should be carried out by a doctor who has experience in respiratory medicine. Usually examinations will include a chest X-ray or CT scan, and a lung function test. Other medical tests may also be required.

If you haven’t been medically examined or had a chest X-ray in the last six months, we can arrange a free medical examination for you.

Completing a medical examination is an essential part of the application process.

To arrange a free medical examination, complete the request for a medical examination form or contact us on 1800 550 027.

Dust diseases we cover

  • 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

We 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 we don't cover

Unfortunately, there are some circumstances and diseases, we don’t cover.

For instance we 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.

We do not cover Pleural Plaques as it is not reported as a dust disease that causes disability and therefore inability to continue work.

To learn more about dust diseases and other construction health risks, visit SafeWork NSW.

Other criteria you'll need to meet

To help us assess your application for workers compensation, we require a detailed industrial history report outlining your work history and exposure to hazardous dusts.

One of our Industrial History Officers will contact you to discuss your work history and they will prepare a written report to support your application. For more information about what’s involved in completing an industrial history report, refer to the information sheet below.

If you’re a family member of a worker who dies as a result of a dust disease, you must have been wholly or partially dependent on them for support to receive compensation.

Taking the next steps

To apply for care, you will need to complete and submit an application form. Once we've received your application, we can arrange medical examinations on your behalf and work with medical providers to obtain medical reports we need to assess your eligibility for care.

We’re here to help every step of the way. Please contact us on 1800 550 027 or use the button below if you need further support or information.

Visit the NSW Government Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act page for additional information.

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