Workers' compensation



Communication counts: helping small business supervisors support ill and injured workers to return to the workplace

For this project, BETA collaborated with Safe Work Australia to adapt existing return to work materials for use by supervisors in Small and Medium Enterprises and undertook a literature review, stakeholder consultation, and data analysis.

Psychological injury in the New South Wales healthcare and social assistance industry: a retrospective cohort study

This research shows that healthcare and social assistance workers are twice as likely to file a workplace compensation claim for psychological injuries, compared to a similar dataset of workers in all non-healthcare industries, including construction, retail and law-enforcement services.

It's broken: workers' compensation in NSW since 2012

Workers’ compensation is an essential safety net, and is intended to provide a degree of financial protection for those workers unfortunate enough to be injured at work. This report explores NSW’s workers’ compensation framework since it was reformed in 2012.

WorkSafe 2: Follow-up investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims

This investigation looked at the compensation and support provided to people injured at work in Victoria, particularly those with complex injuries. This follows an earlier investigation by the Ombudsman in 2016, which found the scheme had failed some particularly vulnerable people.

Investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims and WorkSafe oversight

Workers compensation has a fraught history in most jurisdictions and Victoria is no exception. It is socially responsible to provide for a universal system of insurance covering work related injury to recognise the value of workers and the risks of work, and economically responsible both...

Can 7-Eleven be trusted to clean up its own mess?

The head office of the 7-Eleven franchise is dismantling an independent claims panel headed by Professor Allan Fels, established in the immediate wake of the underpayments scandal. In its place, 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd (7-Eleven) intends to process any outstanding wage claims in-house. In response...

Australian fashion companies still using overseas sweatshops

This Sunday marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,136 garment workers. Each year, since the tragedy, a report card has been released monitoring the progress of the fashion industry and individual companies in improving the rights and...

Unsafe and unfair: a critique of the Safety, Rehabilitation Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

This report analyses the proposed Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2014 (Cth) (SRC Bill), and, for a number of key reasons, argues that the bill should be rejected. Overview The Bill will clearly disadvantage working Australians, small business and taxpayers. Workers will be disadvantaged as...

Filling the dark spot: fifteen injured workers shine a light on the workers compensation system to improve it for others

This study is intended to develop a better understanding of the role played by work injury in mental health and suicidality by understanding the ways in which the Victorian WorkCover system impacts on the mental health of workers with long-term injuries.

Comparison of workers' compensation arrangements for asbestos related disease in Australia and New Zealand (2011)

This addendum to an earlier report has been prepared to provide information specifically related to workers’ compensation arrangements covering asbestos-related diseases. The commentary and tables contained in this document have been compiled to provide an overview of the way in which the various workers’ compensation...

Compensation for indirect expropriation in international investment agreements

International investment agreements in bilateral treaties or free trade agreements allow investors to bring compensation claims when their investments are hurt by new regulations addressing environmental or other social concerns. Compensation rules such as expropriation clauses in international treaties help solve post-investment moral hazard problems...

Comparison of workers' compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand

This comparison provides background to the evolution of workers' compensation arrangements in two jurisdictions and discusses the way that each scheme deals with coverage, benefits, return to work provisions, self-insurance, common law, dispute resolution and cross-border arrangements. This edition of the Comparison has been enhanced...

Compendium of workers' compensation statistics Australia 2007-08

While the Compendium is restricted to the analysis of accepted workers’ compensation claims, it nevertheless provides a good indicator of Australia’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) performance in 2007–08 and allows trends in OHS performance over time to be analysed. Data are presented by key...
Briefing paper

Victim compensation and domestic violence: a national overview

• The provision of compensation is now seen to represent good practice as part of a broader legal response to domestic violence. Compensation can assist women to deal with the aftermath of violence at both a practical and symbolic level. • All eight Australian states...

Toward national workplace safety and workers' compensation systems: a chronology

Responsibility for implementing workers‘ compensation schemes and workplace health and safety in Australia has traditionally resided with state and territory governments. This paper chronicles the growing role of the Commonwealth.

No fault compensation

Talina Drabsch explores the possibilities of no fault compensation, where the entitlement to compensation is not linked to the ability to prove that a person's injuries were due to the fault of another. This report is partly a response to the discussion that followed the...

In the shadow of the corporate veil: James Hardie and asbestos compensation

Significant fallout is likely from the NSW inquiry into the treatment of Australian asbestos victims by James Hardie Industries. Federal and State governments are already considering legislation to access James Hardie's overseas assets, and there are growing calls to 'lift the corporate veil' - fundamental...