The Harmonisation 10 Point Plan
In August 2006, the NSW and Victorian Ministers announced reforms to their state workers’ compensation schemes to harmonise key administrative areas and cut red tape for employers operating across multiple states.
A Harmonisation 10-point plan was released as part of the announcement, which has subsequently been adopted by the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. This plan represents a commitment to the development of common approaches to administering premium, compensation, safety issues and self insurance arrangements while ensuring that the benefits and support for injured workers are protected.
The authorities are aware that there is more that can be done. As a result the States are committed to identifying additional reforms that continue to reduce complexity for employers and employees while upholding existing safety standards.
Workers’ Compensation Guidance Material
One of the key items on the Harmonisation 10 Point Plan is to develop clear, plain English guidance material that explains and compares workers’ compensation processes and obligations that impact on an employer in each state.
The regulators of the workers’ compensation schemes in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia have worked together to develop reference documents for 11 common areas, including subjects relating to premium / levy administration, coverage and definitions, injury notification and claim lodgement and return to work requirements.
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