Labour-hire companies across four industry sectors will be banned from operating in Australia if they commit serious WHS or workers' comp breaches, or if they can't prove compliance with workplace laws after past breaches, under a proposed registration scheme approved by the Federal Government.
Presumptive workers' compensation for first responders with PTSD and other psychological injuries will be harmonised across all Australian jurisdictions, presuming COAG agrees on recommendations from a national inquiry.
A Senate inquiry has called on the Australian Government to ensure legislated workplace health and safety rights for workers who are not classified as employees or perform non-standard work, with the proliferation of the gig economy.
The Federal Government has replaced an 18-year-old OHS Code of Practice, made new rules for work-related catastrophic injuries, deferred the repeal of industrial chemicals regulations, and confirmed the new minister responsible for WHS matters.
A worker injured playing netball at a weekend competition has been denied workers' compensation, after a tribunal rejected his claim that he was injured during a temporary absence and his employer encouraged him to play.
The five-page list of specified diseases under the Commonwealth SRC Act has been replaced with a 21-page legislative instrument, which includes conditions added to Safe Work Australia's deemed diseases list two years ago, and hundreds of occupational asthmagens.
A Senate committee has called for the Fair Work Act to be amended to include the WHS concept of the PCBU, and for gig-economy companies like Uber and Airtasker to be held to account for workers' safety and access to injury compensation.