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We are New South Wales’ workplace health and safety regulator. We offer advice on improving work health and safety, provide licences and registration for potentially dangerous work , investigate workplace incidents and enforce work health and safety laws in NSW. It is compulsory for Victorian employers and is funded by their contributions. See full list on safeworkaustralia. We produce three annual publications that provide key information on workers’ compensation in Australia and New Zealand.

Comparative Performance Monitoring Report,which provides trend analysis on the work health and safety and workers’ compensation schemes operating in Australia and New Zealand.

Information in the report helps gauge the success of different approaches carried out by the various workers’ compensation and WHS authorities to reduce the incidence of work-related injury and disease. Australian Workers’ Compensation statistics, which provides detailed workers’ compensation statistics on trends over time, time lost from work and compensation paid. Data are presented by key variables such as industry, occupation, age group and sex.

We are committed to a number of projects and initiatives that relate to workers’ compensation. A series of projects to improve return to work outcomes of injured workers, including: 1. Developing a best practice framework for claims management of psychological injuries. Completing a project to support general practitioners to achieve better health and return to work outcomes.

Continuing to co‑fund an Institute of Safety Compensation and Recovery Research study with WorkSafe Victoria over three years, to examine the impact of workers’ compensation system policy and practice on return to work in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Return to work refers to helping injured workers stay or get back to work. The four factors critical to a successful return to work include: 1. All jurisdictions in Australia provide some form of workers’ compensation scheme. In the past, workers had to establish there was a causal connection between a particular work exposure and the disease their claim was based on.

This was fine when there was significant uncertainty as to whether a particular exposure caused the disease. However, where there was strong evidence of a causal connection there seemed little point requiring every worker to prove that connection. To streamline access to workers’ compensation, improve fairness and clarity, and reduce the chance claims could be dispute we commissioned a report to review the latest scientific research to inform policy and develop an Australian list of scheduled diseases and guidance material.

The deemed diseases approach reverses the onus of proof when a claim is made, but does not guarantee the success of a claim. The worker still has to demonstrate t. When someone sustains an injury it may result in a permanent impairment. In addition to the assessment principles laid out in the AMA Guides, scheme legislation also provides substantial guidance on how to determine whether or not impairment is permanent. As a result we are now developing a national permanent impairment guide and a system for updating it, as well as developing a training package for medical practitioners who want to become permanent impairment assessors. The NDS dataset feeds into a number of our reports that include only serious claims.

A serious claim is an accepted workers’ compensation claim for an incapacity that in a total absence from work of one working week or more. Claims in receipt of common-law payments are also include however claims that arise from a journey to or from work or during a recess period are not compensable in all jurisdictions so are excluded. The NDS comprises accepted workers’ compensation claims lodged by the end of the financial year (July–June).

More information can be found on the WHS statistics page. SWA is not a workers’ compensation authority and cannot advise you on workers’ compensation insurance or claims, permanent impairment assessment and provisions, or deemed diseases.

If you need help, please contact your relevant workers’ compensation authority. Is it safe to work in Australia? What is workers compensation in Australia? Please review the type of insurances we offer and select the product that best suits your needs. Click the image to be directed to the ‘Educational videos’ page.

If you are injured and need time off work you can make a claim for weekly payments to cover part of your lost income. National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response. Your weekly payments will be based on your pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE), entitlements to sick leave, annual leave and redundancy payments. Together we need to make our frustrating, unfair and adversarial experiences and stories known to government representatives and the public so we can help make changes to improve access to.

This policy insures your business against all statutory and damages claim costs in the event of a work -related injury to your workers. This section covers your legislated rights and obligations within the scheme, including your role in managing the injured worker’s return to work , and the costs of non-compliance. ReturnToWorkSA provides insurance that protects South Australian business and their workers from the costs of a work injury. For general information about workers compensation arrangements across Australia, visit the Safe Work Australia website.

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