Browsing: Workers' comp premium/levy news (NSW)


COVID repeal Bill progresses, divides work stakeholders

A Bill that scraps presumptive compensation for workers with COVID-19, and passed the NSW Lower House yesterday, will make it "next to impossible" for coronavirus victims to obtain benefits, the Greens have warned. But industry groups claim there are "multiple tools" to help claimants establish a work-COVID link.


Missing controls; New WHS portfolio; Higher premiums

  • Risk controls missing for plant-pedestrian interactions;
  • New Workplace Safety portfolio established in Tas; and
  • Workers' comp premium increases confirmed in NSW.

Workers' comp premiums to increase twice

After a difficult year of scandals, icare NSW has announced plans to increase workers' compensation premiums twice in the next two years, but stresses it will continue to provide discounts to employers with strong WHS and return-to-work records.


Recklessness case; Revised Code; and Paused premiums

  • Regulator releases more details on WHS recklessness case;
  • Revised WHS Code for first aid adopted by Tas; and
  • NSW freezes workers' comp premiums for COVID-19 pandemic.

Special workers' comp scheme extended; and more

  • Specialised workers' comp scheme extended in NSW;
  • PC inquiring into veterans' workers' comp arrangements; and
  • SWA voting on psychological health guidance soon.

Unsafe employers' costs increasing under new regime

NSW has introduced a new workers' compensation incentive regime to ensure medium-to-large employers with good safety and return-to-work records contribute no more than a third of the total premium pool.


Workers' comp Bills pass with amendments in NSW

NSW's workers' comp overhaul Bills have passed Parliament, with amendments that ensure emergency workers receive the benefits of the changes and the Dust Diseases Board continues to fund research into disease prevention and treatment.


Premiums cut, benefits extended and WorkCover scrapped

The NSW workers' compensation scheme is being overhauled to provide safe employers with premium discounts of up to 20 per cent, restore a number of worker benefits that were scrapped in 2012, speed up the dust diseases claim process, and replace WorkCover with three separate agencies.


Injured workers suffer as premiums plunge: report

NSW workers' comp premiums have plummeted by an average of 17 per cent over the last two years, but injured workers have paid for these cuts, with thousands going without medical treatment or being forced onto Centrelink benefits, according to a union-commissioned Macquarie University study.

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