Our recent OHS and Workers’ Compensation briefings were attended by close to 300 Victorian Chamber members and clients across the state. The briefings provided an invaluable update on the new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, summarised current trends in workers’ compensation and reminded attendees of the importance of focussing on the actual risks in their business as well as providing a thorough and relevant induction to new employees.
During the briefings, Senior Health Safety and Wellbeing Consultant, Anton Zytnik, also highlighted likely amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act), the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (AC Act) and the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (DG Act). These changes have now been made through the WorkSafe Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (WLA) Act.
Amendments to the WIRC Act, AC Act and DG Act came into on Wednesday 27 September 2017 while amendments to the OHS Act now come into effect on 26 October 2017.
The amendments are designed to improve workplace safety by strengthening compliance and enforcement tools, ensure penalties under health and safety laws act as a sufficient deterrent and breaches can be appropriately investigated, ensure that injured workers and their family member are entitled to fair and equitable compensation, and improve the workability of the four Acts.
The WLA Act:
The WLA Act also makes a number of technical amendments that provide clarification, remove obsolete provisions, ensure continuation of current arrangements or are consequential to other legislative change.
A notice appeared in the Victorian Government Gazette here: http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2017/GG2017S324.pdf
Make sure you keep on top of your workplace safety related obligations through the Victorian Chamber’s extensive briefing and training programs. Throughout November, we have our Mental Health Briefing series and on November 30th, join us in ourBoardroom to learn about the common problems in managing workers’ compensation – and more importantly, how to fix them. For further assistance with any health, safety or wellbeing matter, contact our team of experts on 03 8662 5333 or email@example.com.
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