Workers' compensation


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...

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.

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...