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Violation of compo act resulted to issuance of Notice of Decision

Reported by Haydee | 10 Apr, 2014

A Notice of Decision was issued by the Workers Compensation Inspectorate at WorkSafe ACT to an employer in the health services industry on Tuesday to recover an amount equal to $26,707.02 for failing to maintain a compulsory worker’s compensation policy during the period between the 1st of June 2009 and the 6th of November 2013.

Woman Loses Bid for Compensation after Serving in the RAAF

Reported by Zoe | 04 Oct, 2013

A woman who claimed that she was subjected to years of sexual harassment in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and that it contributed to a psychological illness has lost her bid for compensation. The woman said that she received inappropriate sexual comments from her colleagues at Richmond air base and didn’t felt that the …

New Worker Definition Affects Workers Compensation

Reported by Zoe | 28 Jun, 2013

New legislation has been passed in Parliament that alters the definition of a worker for the purposes of workers compensation. This legislation is effective from the 1st July 2013 and it brings into line the definition of a worker with the PAYG test that is applied under Australian Taxation Office laws. The adjusted definition says …

Productivity Lost Last Year Equals 1500 Years in South Australia

Reported by Zoe | 23 May, 2013

WorkCover SA said that the total of working days that were lost in the financial year 2011-2012 was more than 560,000 days. In addition to the days that were lost in South Australia there were 26,523 claims recorded for the same financial year for a cost of almost $208 million to the SA Workers Rehabilitation …

Cancer-stricken Tasmanian firies now given better compo access

Reported by Haydee | 10 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Tasmanian firefighters will now be given better access to medical support and compensation as the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fire-fighters) Bill 2013 has been introduced in the Tasmanian Parliament last week by Minister for Workplace Relations, David James O’Byrne. Firies in Tasmania need not prove a significant connection betweek their work and …

ACT: Workers Compensation Funding Regulatory 2013-14

Reported by Haydee | 26 Feb, 2013

Starting this year, private sector workers’ compensation insurers and self insurers will have to pay an annual levy to ensure the long term sustainability of workers’ compensation and work health and safety regulation. According to a news release by the WorkSafe ACT, the government expends around $5 million each year regulating and administering the Territory’s …

Company objects to paying workers’ journey claims

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jan, 2013

One of the biggest chains of supermarket in the country is objecting to paying compensation claims to workers who were injured on their way to or from work saying that employers “cannot control risks.” According to a Courier Mail report, the supermarket owner made a submission to a review of the state workers’ compensation scheme. …

WorkCover offers assistance for workers compensation disputes

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2012

WorkCover will provide free legal assistance for workers compensation disputes. Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce announced today the establishment of a legal assistance and review service offering a free process to resolve disputes between injured workers and insurers. “This Government has acted to ensure that there will be no unnecessary financial burden on …

Safe Business is Good Business information sessions now open for registration

Reported by Haydee | 09 Aug, 2012

SafeWork SA will conduct its next ‘Safe Business is Good Business’ information session on Monday, 3 September 2012. The free information sessions are designed to help small businesses effectively manage safety in the workplace and help protect workers from diseases and injuries as well as businesses from the costs associated with workplace injury. The ‘Safe …

Worker seriously injured from fall

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jun, 2012

A worker from Kilmore was injured after falling 2.4m at a housing development at Doreen on Thursday. WorkSafe is conducting an investigation over the incident which happened around 8.10am at a Midland Rd. Site. Initial investigation found that the man was on top of a house frame marking the location of roof trusses. He was …

Worker pleads guilty over nail gun incident

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jun, 2012

A worker was convicted and fined at the Wodonga Magistrates’ Court over an incident where he accidentally shot an apprentice with a nail gun, injuring his arm. The 34-year-old worker pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failing to take reasonable care for the health and …

Unions and workers protest against WorkCover changes

Reported by Haydee | 12 Jun, 2012

Protest rallies will be held in Sydney today over the NSW Government’s proposed cuts to workers compensation and entitlements. The Herald Sun reports that protesters from TAFE, the Powerhouse, UTS and the ABC will meet in Ultimo in central Sydney shortly after NSW Treasurer Mike Baird hands down the state Budget. Unions NSW Secretary Mark …

Repeat workplace safety offenders land in court

Reported by Haydee | 31 May, 2012

Three companies and two persons landed in court this month for serious repeat workplace safety offences. Lisa Sturzenegger, WorkSafe’s General Manager of Operations, said the courts took workplace safety issues seriously, particularly when there had been prior offences. “If you have been dealt with by the courts once, they and the community expect you to …