Workers’ Compensation

Although each jurisdiction has its own Workers’ Compensation legislation, Safe Work Australia leads the development of national policy to improve workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. The Australian Chamber is a member of SWA and represents employers’ views in relation to workers’ compensation matters.

Small businesses account for more than 95% of all Australian businesses and are responsible for the health and safety of approximately 4.8 million workers. For most small businesses, a workers’ compensation claim may only occur once every several years.

Our Members increasingly report employer difficulties with;

  • the lack of scheme experience,
  • poor understanding of roles and responsibilities,
  • a challenging number of stakeholders and relationships to manage,
  • limited training options for staff with workers’ compensation responsibilities,
  • an increase in stress claims and poor understanding of and support in managing these.

Over the past year, Safe Work Australia has had an increased focus on workers’ compensation with a number of active projects addressing common issues such as: the role of the GPs in Workers’ Compensation; best practice management of psychological claims; and return to work areas of improvement.

Australian Chamber Members through our involvement in SWA can access the latest Workers’ Compensation data, influence research projects, review reports prior to publication and receive detailed jurisdictional updates on activities.

Key reports and documents developed through Safe Work Australia:

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