New compo laws on the way
Changes to Comcare’s workers compensation and self-insurance eligibility laws are before the federal parliament.
The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 was introduced into parliament last week.
Under the Bill, Comcare will no longer pay workers compensation for injuries that occur during recess breaks away from an employer’s premises.
Nor will it pay compensation for death or serious and permanent impairment if the person killed or injured engaged in serious and wilful misconduct.
The Bill also removes the need for the Minister of Employment to declare a corporation’s eligibility to be granted a self-insurance licence. Corporations can go straight to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) to apply for the licence. Nevertheless, the Minister can still direct the SRCC.
Corporations operating in two or more jurisdictions and that meet the workers compensation obligations in these jurisdictions can apply to join the Comcare scheme. Also group licences can be granted to related corporations.
Corporations granted a self-insurance licence will also be covered under the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
For more details, visit the Bill.
Published on 27 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.