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In this article, OHS Alert examines the latest safety and workers' comp developments in five jurisdictions, including the release of new workers' comp guidelines, safety regulations, safety alerts and reports.
Queensland's workers' comp Amendment Bill has hit a stumbling block, with a parliamentary committee divided on provisions that restore common law access to all injured workers, and prevent employers from accessing prospective employees' injury histories.
July continues to be a busy month for safety and workers' comp issues in Queensland, with the State Government introducing a Bill restoring common law access to all injured workers, and allowing those affected by the 2013 common law changes to seek additional compensation.
> Qld announces low premium rates for 2015-16; > SA employers promised premium cuts of up to 95%; > SRC Bill passes House of Representatives; and > WA increases workers' comp payments and opens safety awards.
The workers' compensation schemes in five jurisdictions will be amended, and employer premiums increased, under one of the Federal Government's preferred options for ensuring catastrophically injured workers are supported for life.