Govt audit gets stuck into safety and compo, too
The Federal Government’s commission of audit has suggested consolidating a number of safety bodies and privatising the underwriting of the commonwealth workers compensation scheme.
The Phase One Report says Safe Work Australia; Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency; Comcare; Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission; and Seafarers’ Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority should be consolidated in the Department of Employment.
The Phase Two Report recommends the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council should be abolished.
The second report also recommends Comcare’s claims management be outsourced and its workers’ compensation insurance scheme be underwritten by the private sector.
Further, the report advocates that CSR Australia should stop functioning in mid-2015, allowing the private sector to provide rehabilitation services. “Some of CRS Australia’s allied health professionals could be transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Agency,” the report said.
For more detail, visit the commission of audit.
Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.