Why is that some organisations still do not understand their responsibilities with regards to workers compensation?

In NSW from the period from October 2020 – 31 January 2021

  • 648 businesses purchased a workers compensation policy after SIRA commenced non-insurance investigations. This reflects 2,218 more employees now being covered by a workers compensation policy.
  • SIRA issued nine penalty notices each for the value of $750 under s155 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 for non-insurance.
  • SIRA made referrals to Revenue NSW to commence recovery action for $176,001 of avoided premiums (under s156 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987).
  • Two fines were issued for failing to pay workers compensation policies totalling $86,306.07 (known as double avoided premiums).
  • 24 employer improvement notices were issued to employers who had failed to establish a return to work program, failed to appoint a return to work coordinator, or not provided suitable work as required by the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.
  • One penalty notice was issued to an employer who failed to comply with an employer improvement notice.
  • 60 proactive visits to employers with injured workers at risk of not returning to work (as identified through predictive modelling).
  • There were 906 new registrations for the free online Return to Work Coordination Training, with 656 users identifying as an employer.

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If you would like to discuss your workers compensation requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Safety Services Australia on +61 29634 5912