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  NSW Workers’ Compensation Reforms – August 2012

The NSW Worker’s Compensation Scheme needed major reform because it was more than $4.1 billion in deficit and was not fulfilling its core responsibilities of rehabilitating injured workers and returning them to work, while ensuring those who were unable to return to work were properly supported.

Not only was the Scheme in serious financial difficulty, but NSW employers were paying workers compensation insurance premiums which were between 20 and 60 per cent higher their counterparts in Victoria and Queensland.

View the Changes to Workers Compensation Factsheet (August 2012) here.

New Work Health and Safety (WHS) Legislation

New work health and safety (WHS) laws replaced the occupational health and safety (OHS) laws in NSW on 1 January 2012.

These new laws will provide greater consistency, certainty and clarity across Australia making it easier to understand your workplace health and safety duties. Businesses and volunteer organisations that operate over several states will be able to initiate nationwide safety policies and procedures.

View the new NSW WHS Act 2011 here.

View the new WHS Regulation 2011 here.

View new National Codes of Practice here.

Insurance Premiums Order 2012-2013

The Insurance Premiums Order 2012-2013 sets out the premium rates and formulas used to calculate workers compensation premiums under the NSW WorkCover Scheme and applies to policies that commence or renew on or after 30 June 2012. The Order was published on 27 June 2012.

Download the Insurance Premiums Order in full:

Insurance Premiums Order 2012-2013