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.