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Workers' Compensation

Worker's Compensation is changing all the time. Legislation amendments are constantly being pushed through parliament.. Our staff are trained and experienced in claims handling and risk management. We are abreast of the current market situation with Worker's Compensation and may be able to negotiate better terms for you

With effect 1st October 2011 amendments to the WA Workers Compensation Legislation came into effect.

Three changes are relevant to the day to day running of business:

  1.  Age-based limits on entitlements are now removed so a worker over 64 years of age will have the same entitlements as any  other injured worker. This is not retroactive so the benefits will only apply to injured workers over 64 years from 1st October 2011
  2.  Employees must pay an injured worker their entitlement within 14 days of the insurers approving the claim. The fine for failure to do so is $2,000. This is very relevant if you pay salaries monthly.
  3. The time frame to lodge a claim has increased from 3 to 5  working days. There is now a $1,000 penalty if a claim is not  submitted within the five (5) working days from the injury  occurring.

Q & A

Q         Is an injured worker allowed to choose their own doctor ?

A         Yes legislation allows the worker to make the choice of doctor to manage their injury. However, an employer retains the right to have a consulting doctor review the worker.

Q        Does an injured worker have to attend a doctor's appointment ?

A        Yes it is the employee's responsibility to be at an appointment as directed by their doctor or the Insurers.

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