The Federal Government has, in its 2019-20 budget, committed $36 million over four years to cracking down on sham contracting and establishing a labour-hire registration scheme with WHS-compliance tests.
The Australian Postal Corporation will be subject to targeted reviews for the next three years, after an investigation found that "individuals" within the organisation delayed processing workers' injury claims to obtain performance bonuses.
A worker's last dusty employer has been found liable for his silicosis, after a tribunal found there was "at least a modest association" between his employment and the re-emerging occupational disease.
A worker who claimed his supervisor's flatulence constituted assault that contributed to his injuries has lost his second bid for $1.8 million in damages, with an appeals court finding, among other things, that his former employer's purported lack of OHS and HR policies was irrelevant.
The Federal Court has confirmed that a heated handover meeting unreasonably contributed to a worker's psych injury, but agreed that a tribunal focused too heavily on the operational purpose of the meeting.
An appeals court has rejected claims, by a regulator, that a worker's industrial deafness claim was defeated by his last noisy employer's transition to the national self-insurance scheme five years before he sought compensation.