Employer submission to grellman inquiry

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Employer submission to grellman inquiry

Twenty-nine of NSW’s leading industry associations have jointly called for major changes to the NSW workers compensation system.

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Twenty-nine of NSW’s leading industry associations have jointly called for major changes to the NSW workers compensation system.

The employer submission argues for a change in the mindset which applies to workers compensation by changing the focus from compensation to the management of workplace injuries.

Renaming the system as ‘Workplace Injury Management System’

 In this way, the employers’ argue that the system should be renamed ‘the Workplace Injury Management System’.

The employers’ argue that the focus of the system must be away from compensation and about return to work.

The employers’ further argue that sustainable solutions will only come about when the stakeholders in the system, the employers who pay and the employees who are protected by the system, own the system.

NSW Workplace Injury Management Council

The employers’ accordingly propose the creation of a new body titled ‘the NSW Workplace Injury Management Council’.

The Council’s responsibilities would include monitoring scheme performance, recommending scheme changes and annual tariff rates to the Government.

Council members would consist of equal numbers of employer and employee representatives with an independent chairperson.

Other key players would be represented, including insurers, self-insurers, the legal and medical professions. In addition, there would be parliamentary representation on the Council. Voting rights, however, would be restricted to the employer and employee representatives.

Supporting the Council would be a series of industry and issues focussed groups so that the diversity of needs within industry can be effectively addressed.

WorkCover’s role would be as the scheme’s administrator.

Increased premiums since 1995 has led to loss of 59,000 jobs

The employers’ submission referred to a recent survey conducted by the employer group which indicated that since 1995 there have 59,000 jobs lost as a direct result of premium increases.

 
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