Victoria has announced its average workers' comp premium rate for 2021-22, set aside $550 million for injury support and prevention initiatives, and released a draft Compliance Code on the provision of safe workplace facilities, including toilets, lighting and amenities for employees without fixed worksites.
The Victorian Government has confirmed that it is unlikely to adopt the harmonised WHS laws in their current form, and has vowed to restore "the cooperative environment previously created between WorkSafe, employers and unions".
Victoria's average workers' comp premium rate will be cut on 1 July, with early payers receiving further significant discounts. In Queensland, WorkCover has revealed that miners will be among those who benefit the most from its recent decision to slash the average premium rate to the lowest in the country.
Seven Victorian employers have been fined a total of nearly $200,000 for safety breaches, while WorkSafe is reminding employers that new workers' compensation laws - and the regulator's new name - take effect on 1 July.