Workers compensation bulletin - issue 43

In this edition: NSW workers compensation Statistical Bulletin 2015/16 now available, revised workers compensation market practice guidelines issued, SafeWork mentor program applications now open, and SafeWork NSW Awards now accepting entries.

NSW workers compensation Statistical Bulletin 2015/16 now available

SIRA has published the NSW workers compensation Statistical Bulletin 2015/16.

This Statistical Bulletin provides workers compensation claims statistics for the 2015/16 financial year.

The data and information in the Statistical Bulletin can be used to assist individuals and organisations in the prevention of workplace injury and disease, and minimise the social and economic cost of such injuries.

This bulletin is one of a series of NSW workers compensation statistical publications aimed at increasing community awareness of work-related injury and occupational disease.

You can read the Statistical Bulletin 2015/16 here.

Revised workers compensation market practice guidelines issued

The Workers compensation market practice and premiums guidelines for the 2018/19 policy year have been revised following further consultation.

The guidelines have been amended to exempt employers from the 30 per cent capping provisions in cases where an employer demonstrates exceptional and/or contentious circumstances.

Licensed insurers may apply to SIRA to exclude an employer from having their premium rate capped for the 2018/19 policy year.

You can download the revised guidelines here (PDF, 3.7MB).

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SafeWork mentor program applications now open

SIRA, on behalf of SafeWork NSW, advise that the 2018 Mentor Program is now inviting applications from mentors (experienced safety professionals/medium-larger companies) and mentees (small businesses).

This free program pairs small businesses with safety professionals who are willing to share their expertise and best practice in workplace health and safety.

As a mentee, some of the benefits a business will receive include access to free advice and assistance from someone who understands their work health and safety challenges and can suggest innovative solutions to everyday problems. Participating small businesses may also be eligible to apply for a $500 safety rebate.

Mentors are experienced business professionals with expertise in workplace health and safety and/or injury management, who can enhance their leadership skills and have an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

The program is open to all business types and sectors and runs for three to six months. Employers can decide on the time commitment to fit around their work schedules. Further information is available on the Mentoring program – SafeWork NSW page.

SafeWork NSW would appreciate if you could help them raise awareness and reach local businesses in Sydney metro region by distributing the attached information to your business customers.

SafeWork NSW are encouraging businesses to apply ASAP via their online application form so that businesses can be matched by end of June 2018, in readiness for the launch event in August 2018.

SafeWork NSW Awards

The SafeWork NSW Awards are now open and currently accepting entries.

Now in its 15th year, the SafeWork NSW Awards are the premier safety awards in New South Wales. These prestigious awards were established to promote high standards of workplace health and safety and return to work outcomes in workplaces around NSW.

Last years’ winner for Category 5: Recovery at Work Achievement for Injured Workers, David Nugent’s story is incredibly compelling and inspirational. David is a cattle farmer from Wagga Wagga, and in 1995 he sustained a devastating injury when his arms became caught in a hay baler while he was attempting to fix a fault.

With the help of Rehab Co, a prosthetic technician, his case manager, family and friends, David re-evaluated his work practices and farm setup, and found equipment to suit his new needs. David credits a determined, problem-solving attitude and a great team as the principal reasons for his remarkable achievements. His motto: ‘the farm will not beat me’.

If you know a business or individual who has achieved great return to work outcomes, read about the 2018 SafeWork NSW Awards to find out how they can enter and be rewarded.