12
New Online Conciliation Services

WorkCover WA’s Conciliation and Arbitration Services (CAS) provide dispute resolution services to parties involved in a workers’ compensation dispute. Each year, more than 2000 applications for conciliation are filed by post, over the counter, email or fax. As part of the State Government’s commitment to ‘A Digital WA’ and WorkCover…Read More »

03
Reminder – WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 27, 28 and 31 December this year.

WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 27, 28 and 31 December this year. You are encouraged to note the dates and be aware a reduced number of staff in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services Registry will be available during standard business hours to accept documents. The Advice and Assistance…Read More »

08
WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 28 and 31 December this year

With Christmas fast approaching, it is important to note WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 28 and 31 December this year. Staff in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services Registry will be available during standard business hours to accept documents. The Advice and Assistance line will also remain open…Read More »

02
Earlybird registrations now open!

WorkCover WA will host up to 400 delegates at the WorkCover WA Conference 2019 on 8 and 9 May 2019 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth. Earlybird rates for the Conference are now available – register today to secure your place at the discounted rate! The first 100 earlybird registrations…Read More »

02
New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 came into effect on 1 November 2018. The amendments apply a 1.58 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index. A compilation of all medical and allied health…Read More »

19
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 20 November 2018 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Workers’ compensation regulation Employer obligations Resolving disputes…Read More »

12
WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA is holding a free WorkCover WA Seminar to help stakeholders better understand their rights, roles and responsibilities within the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme. This seminar will be held on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: Workers’ compensation insurance Claims process Injury management Return…Read More »

21
Proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation (Legal Practitioners and Registered Agents) Costs Determination 2015

The Workers’ Compensation (Legal Practitioners and Registered Agents) Costs Determination 2015 (Costs Determination) governs the awarding of legal costs in the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services. The Costs Determination is made by the Costs Committee established under s269 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 and approved by the Minister for…Read More »

20
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2017/18 tabled in Parliament

The WorkCover WA Annual Report 2017/18 was tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018 by the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon. Bill Johnston MLA. The Annual Report is divided into seven sections that detail our performance and achievements across the last financial year. The report can be…Read More »

04
WorkCover WA Strategic Plan 2018-21

The WorkCover WA Board has approved the Agency’s 2018-21 Strategic Plan. The Plan will guide the Agency over the next three years in leading a responsive and sustainable workers’ compensation scheme, modernising the delivery of its services and building on the capability of its people, culture and systems. A copy…Read More »

17
Notice – Billing practices for medical and radiology services

WorkCover WA has published a Notice which clarifies the requirements relating to billing practices for medical and radiology services. The notice addresses the following: Complete Medical Services Multiple Operations Mutually Exclusive Principle The Notice reinforces Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) rules and principles regarding charging for services provided to injured workers.

01
Procedure – Release of information about an employer’s insurer status

WorkCover WA has finalised changes to the way we process requests for information about the workers’ compensation insurer status of an employer. Often requests are vague, or a response is required on an urgent basis. Further, requests seeking evidence of insurance status from historical records can place significant pressure on…Read More »

24
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 28 August 2018 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Workers’ compensation regulation Employer obligations Resolving disputes…Read More »

03
New Educational Videos

Following the launch of WorkCover WA’s educational videos at the Return to Work Conference, WorkCover WA has released an additional two videos to provide information and assistance for injured workers and employers.

29
Compensation for Dependants Legislation Proclaimed

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2018 commences on 1 July 2018. This legislation ensures dependent family members of workers who die in work related accidents receive fair, reasonable and timely compensation. Information, guidelines, approved forms and notices to support the new legislation can be accessed here. The Amendment…Read More »

28
Review of Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

The Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities is undertaking a review of the Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers (NCAF). A discussion paper has been released for consultation with industry stakeholders. The attached letter from the HCWA Chair provides a link to the discussion paper, existing NCAF document and…Read More »

26
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2018-2019

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2018. Public hospital fees for compensable and motor vehicle third party insurance patients in WA are regulated by the Department of Health under the Health Services Act 2016 and are set out in the Health Services (Fees and Charges)…Read More »

25
Noise Online Decommissioned

On Tuesday 26 June 2018, Noise Online will be decommissioned. From this date all WorkCover WA approved hearing testers (Audiometrists, Audiologists and Audiometric Officers) will need to register on WorkCover WA Online to enter WorkCover WA hearing tests. The registration process is simple, and the majority of hearing testers will…Read More »

15
Notice – Employer attendance at medical consultations

WorkCover WA is aware of the practise of some employers attending medical consultations with injured workers. There is no legal or operational basis for employers or their representatives to be present during a medical consultation between an injured worker and a treating doctor. This applies even where treatment is recommended…Read More »

05
Employer Essentials Seminar

WorkCover WA is holding a free Employer Essentials Seminar to help employers better understand their rights and obligations in relation to workers’ compensation and injury management. The seminar is being held at WorkCover WA on 17 July 2018 and will cover topics including: workers’ compensation employer obligations injury management return…Read More »

01
Indexation of Workers’ Compensation Payments for 2018-19

Injured workers have a range of statutory entitlements available to them in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme to assist them to recover from their workplace injury and return them to suitable and sustainable employment. The Indexation of Workers’ Compensation Payments 2018/19 Schedule provides the list of indexed entitlements to…Read More »

22
Resources for GPs

General practitioners play an important role in the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme by supporting an injured worker’s injury management, recovery and return to work.

27
Practice Note – Consent orders seeking adjournment or re-listing of hearings

Pursuant to s 294(4) of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, the Registrar of the Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Service has the power to issue arbitration practice notes. The purpose of issuing practice notes is part of the WCAS’s continuing efforts to improve the efficiency, consistency and functioning of…Read More »

23
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Workers’ compensation regulation Employer obligations Resolving disputes…Read More »

23
2018/19 Recommended Premium Rates

WorkCover WA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Chris White today made a media statement announcing a 3.9 per cent increase in the 2018/19 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia. The average recommended premium rate for 2018/19 will be 1.585 per cent of total wages (up…Read More »

16
Management of minor claims

Employers and self-insurers are reminded to review and familiarise themselves with WorkCover WA’s Bulletin which clarifies legislative requirements regarding the management of minor claims and employer obligations to claim in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act) and policy of insurance. It has been brought…Read More »

09
Residential Construction Industry Seminar

WorkCover WA is holding a free seminar for industry associations and employers in the residential construction industry on Tuesday 10 April 2018.

28
Dispute resolution: what happens if there’s a dispute?

Following the launch of educational videos in 2017, WorkCover WA released four new videos to provide information and assistance for scheme participants, including ‘Dispute resolution: what happens if there’s a dispute?’ The video is an excellent resource for employers, workers and service providers, and explains: the options available to parties…Read More »

22
Employer compliance campaign – Residential construction industry

WorkCover WA inspectors will be visiting employers in the residential construction industry in 2018.

15
A Bill to modernise workers’ compensation

On 15 February 2018 the Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations released a media statement to announce the Government has approved the drafting of a Bill to modernise the workers’ compensation legislation.

09
Clinical Practice Guidelines

WorkCover WA is supporting a project to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines (the Guidelines) for diagnosing and managing work-related mental health conditions in general practice. The Guidelines are being developed by the Department of General Practice at Monash University using contemporary approaches and evidence. Once finalised, the Guidelines will be submitted…Read More »

02
Follow WorkCover WA on Facebook!

Did you know WorkCover WA is on Facebook?  The WorkCover WA Facebook page is an excellent source of information, education and communication for stakeholders. It’s also important in keeping followers updated with Agency activities, news and events. Click here to visit and follow the page.

30
Certificates of Capacity: guidance for doctors

Medical practitioners play an important role in supporting an injured worker to return to work. The key tool for communicating an injured worker’s progress to both their employer and the insurer managing their workers’ compensation claim is the ‘Certificate of Capacity’. WorkCover WA’s latest educational video, ‘Certificates of Capacity: guidance…Read More »

25
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 February 2018 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Workers’ compensation regulation Employer obligations Resolving disputes…Read More »

02
Are you covered?

WorkCover WA has noticed a number of cases where employers mistakenly believe their ‘business insurance package’ covers them for workers’ compensation.

13
Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar 2017

On 8 December 2017, nearly 200 stakeholders attended WorkCover WA’s Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar at Crown Perth. Guests had the opportunity to hear from WorkCover WA A/Chief Executive Officer, Chris White, and General Manager Regulatory Services, Stephen Psaila-Savona, about the latest scheme trends and developments, and the activities undertaken by…Read More »

08
Workers’ compensation insurance: a guide for insurance brokers

In Western Australia, injured workers requiring time off are entitled to financial compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation. Businesses that employ workers are legally required to hold workers’ compensation insurance. WorkCover WA’s latest educational video, ‘Workers’ compensation insurance: a guide for insurance brokers’ explains how insurance brokers…Read More »

04
Reminder WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 28 and 29 December this year

WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 27, 28 and 29 December this year. You are encouraged to note the dates and be aware a reduced number of staff in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services Registry will be available during standard business hours to accept documents. The Advice and Assistance…Read More »

01
New Physiotherapy Treatment Management Plan

A revised and improved Physiotherapy Treatment Management Plan (TMP) has been published by WorkCover WA. The TMP is an important communication tool. It provides clarity about future treatment options for workers who are likely to require more than ten physiotherapy consultations. It also provides insurers and self-insurers with a mechanism…Read More »

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Return to work: employer guide

In May 2017, WorkCover WA launched four short animated educational videos focused on educating scheme participants about injury management, and includes a video specific to the employers’ role in the return to work process. Staying at or returning to work is an important part of an injured worker’s recovery and…Read More »

24
Publication of Arbitration Practice Note

The Registrar has issued a new Practice Note today, which will take effect immediately.  This Practice Note sets out the expectations of the Arbitration Service in relation to correspondence received and outline how the Registrar and Arbitrators will treat correspondence.

10
Making a Claim

A worker that suffers an injury at work requiring medical treatment or time off is entitled to make a compensation claim. In May 2017, WorkCover WA launched four animated educational videos focused on educating scheme participants about injury management and return to work processes, including a video specific to making…Read More »

02
2017 Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar

WorkCover WA will be hosting an Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar on Friday 8 December 2017 at Crown Perth. This complimentary seminar provides an overview of the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme, as well as an update on current trends and developments. Social researcher and generational expert Ms Claire Madden…Read More »

01
Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Bill 2017

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations introduced the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Bill 2017 into Parliament on 1 November 2017. The Bill will ensure dependent family members of workers who die in work related accidents receive fair, reasonable and timely compensation. Click here…Read More »

01
WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 28 and 29 December this year

With Christmas fast approaching, it is important to note WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 28 and 29 December this year. Staff in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services Registry will be available during standard business hours to accept documents. The Advice and Assistance line will also remain open…Read More »

31
New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2017. The amendments apply a 1.66 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index. A compilation of all medical and allied health fees…Read More »

27
Injured workers: what are my entitlements?

In Western Australia, injured workers requiring time off are entitled to financial compensation to accommodate for lost wages, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation. WorkCover WA’s latest educational video, ‘Injured workers: what are my entitlements’ explains how a worker’s financial compensation is calculated, and provides tips, including advice on engaging the…Read More »

18
Employer Compliance Operations – Goldfields Esperance Region

From 11 to 15 September 2017, WorkCover WA inspectors visited the Goldfields Esperance region to undertake compliance checks. Compliance checks of 124 businesses found four employers without a workers’ compensation policy in place. They now face penalties of up to $5,000 per worker employed while not insured. Relying on others…Read More »

12
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 14 November 2017 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Workers’ compensation regulation Employer obligations Resolving disputes Injury management…Read More »

10
View our new careers page

WorkCover WA has launched a new and engaging careers webpage to provide an insight into Agency operations and what roles our staff perform, and outline what to expect as a potential member of the WorkCover WA team. The site is an excellent resource for jobseekers, university graduates and high school…Read More »

05
New educational videos

Following the launch of WorkCover WA’s educational videos at the Return to Work Conference, WorkCover WA has released an additional four videos to provide information and assistance for injured workers, employers, general practitioners and other service providers. The videos are an excellent resource to explain important processes in the workers’…Read More »

20
Employer Compliance Operations – Karratha Region

From 29 August to 1 September 2017, WorkCover WA inspectors visited the Karratha region to undertake compliance checks. Compliance checks of 87 businesses found 14 employers without a workers’ compensation policy in place. They now face penalties of up to $5,000 per worker employed while not insured. Relying on others…Read More »

15
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2016/17 tabled in Parliament

The WorkCover WA Annual Report 2016/17 was tabled in Parliament on 14 September 2017 by the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon. Bill Johnston MLA.

15
Leadership in Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Healthier Workplace Western Australia (HWWA) are hosting a free Lunch ‘n’ Learn panel session in the Perth CBD on Wednesday 4 October 2017 for managers and health and wellbeing coordinators. The session titled “Leadership in Workplace Health and Wellbeing – why it’s vital to success” will provide attendees with an opportunity…Read More »

08
Return to work

Working is good for our health and wellbeing. When someone has been injured at work, an early and successful return to work can help them recover sooner. In May 2017, WorkCover WA launched four short animated educational videos focused on educating scheme participants about injury management, including a video specific…Read More »

07
Regional Compliance Education

In 2017/18 WorkCover WA will provide education and check compliance of businesses in regional Western Australia. The aim of the visits and inspections will be to encourage and assist employers to comply with their duty to hold a current workers’ compensation policy. Inspectors will be visiting workplaces and checking for…Read More »

14
Case conferences

In May 2017, WorkCover WA launched four short animated educational videos focused on educating scheme participants about injury management and return to work processes, including a video specific to case conferences. Case conferences are an important step in supporting a worker to stay at or return to work. The video…Read More »

31
New injury management videos

Earlier this year, at the Return to Work Conference, WorkCover WA launched a series of online animated educational videos. The four short videos were developed to provide information about claims, injury management and return to work processes, as well as offer guidance and support to relevant scheme participants. The videos…Read More »

21
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 29 August 2017 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Accreditation and monitoring Employer obligations and recent…Read More »

30
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2017-2018

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2017. Public hospital fees for compensable and motor vehicle third party insurance patients in WA are regulated by the Department of Health under the Health Services Act 2016. The Health Services (Fees and Charges) Order 2017 sets out the…Read More »

12
A Bill to increase compensation for workplace fatalities

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations released a media statement on 12 June 2017 publicly announcing the development of a Bill to amend the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. The Bill is intended to increase lump sum compensation for dependants and increase the weekly…Read More »

26
Prescribed amount schedule for 2017-18

Injured workers have a range of statutory entitlements available to them in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme to assist them to recover from their workplace injury and return them to suitable and sustainable employment. The Prescribed Amount is the maximum amount an injured worker can receive in terms of…Read More »

24
Return to Work Conference a success

On 3 and 4 May 2017, Western Australia’s workers’ compensation and injury management community gathered to promote positive pathways in returning injured workers to work. The event was a resounding success, with nearly 400 delegates attending over two days to view 21 exhibitions and listen to 23 presentations by Australia’s leading…Read More »

23
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 June 2017 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Accreditation and monitoring Employer obligations and recent…Read More »

11
UWA Work Design survey – we want your input!

WorkCover WA’s Return to Work Conference 2017 is fast approaching. The Conference will provide an excellent professional development opportunity for injury management and workers’ compensation professionals. On Day 1 of the Conference, keynote speaker UWA Laureate Professor Sharon Parker will shed light on the factors that drive good work design,…Read More »

10
Return to Work Conference 2017

On 3 and 4 May 2017, 350 workers’ compensation and injury management professionals will gather at Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth to discuss return to work challenges, encourage best practice, and promote positive pathways for returning injured workers to work. You are encouraged to take advantage of this fantastic professional…Read More »

04
2017/18 Recommended Premium Rates

WorkCover WA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Chris White today made a media statement announcing a 3.2 per cent increase in the 2017/18 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia. The average recommended premium rate for 2017/18 will be 1.525 per cent of total wages (up…Read More »

01
The WorkCover WA Return to Work Conference Program Released

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the release of the WorkCover WA Return to Work Conference Program. Over two days, delegates will have the opportunity to choose from a range of sessions across two streams, catering for specific areas of interest in the return to work field. Program highlights include:…Read More »

27
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Accreditation and monitoring Employer obligations and recent…Read More »

23
Disability access and inclusion plan 2017-2022

WorkCover WA is seeking public comment, ideas and input as it renews its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan for the period 2017 – 2022. That process will help WorkCover WA to ensure that services provided are accessible to people with disability and consistent with public expectation. WorkCover WA is hoping to…Read More »

20
Specified Cancers Contracted by Firefighters – Legislative Amendments

New legislative amendments came into effect on 21 January 2017 which expand the presumption to benefit former and current State employed firefighters who contract cancer performing firefighting duties.

18
Charities and not-for-profits need workers’ compensation insurance

Not-for-profit and charitable organisations are reminded to review their workers’ compensation arrangements. There are serious consequences for organisations and their officers if the required insurance is not in place.

23
Free information seminars for injured workers

The Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) provides free information seminars for injured workers on behalf of WorkCover WA. These seminars aim to provide injured workers with sufficient information to manage their workers’ compensation claim and return to work. Topics include: the claims process claims obligations and the rights of…Read More »

22
Continue weekly compensation payments over the holiday period

It is the time of the year when organisations start winding down, reducing their workload and making preparations for the holiday season.

12
WorkCover WA hosts Singaporean delegation

WorkCover WA recently hosted a delegation from the Singapore Government’s Ministry of Manpower. The visit was the final stop in a study trip which saw the delegation visit workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety regulators in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

02
All injured workers with a Medicare card are entitled to receive medications under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

It is WorkCover WA’s expectation that injured workers are prescribed medications under the PBS (where clinically appropriate and available). It is also expected that pharmacies will charge the applicable PBS rate for medications upon presentation of the injured worker’s Medicare card.

02
WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 28, 29 and 30 December this year.

WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 28, 29 and 30 December this year.

14
2016 Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar

WorkCover WA will be hosting its annual Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar on Thursday 8 December at Crown Perth.

04
WorkCover WA’s reduced Christmas services

With Christmas fast approaching, it is important to note WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 28, 29 and 30 December this year.

28
Registrations now open for information sessions in the new Impairment Guidelines

WorkCover WA has issued the WorkCover WA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fourth edition (the Guidelines) with an operational date of 1 December 2016. Registrations are now open for information sessions on the changes from the third edition of the Guidelines. To register to attend, please contact WorkCover…Read More »

28
New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2016.

18
New edition of the WorkCover WA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment

WorkCover WA has issued the WorkCover WA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fourth edition (the Guidelines) with an operational date of 1 December 2016.

06
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar – 8 November 2016

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia.

05
New WorkCover WA Board Member

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the reappointments of Mr Greg Joyce, Mrs Victoria Wilmot and Mr Steven Burns to its Board.

04
Regulation amendment – declaration by interstate and overseas workers

Workers receiving workers’ compensation and residing outside of Western Australia must send to their employer or employer’s insurer a declaration every 3 months.

30
Early Bird Registration now open!

The WorkCover WA Return to Work Conference 2017 will be held on 3 and 4 May at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth.

28
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2015/16 tabled in Parliament

The WorkCover WA Annual Report 2015/16 was tabled in Parliament on 21 September 2016 by the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC.

29
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 30 August 2016 in Shenton Park. Topics include: How the scheme operates Accreditation and monitoring of scheme parties Employer…Read More »

15
Future of Work

On 12 July 2016, Phil Ruthven from IBISWorld delivered an interesting presentation at WorkCover WA on the future of work. There were nearly 30 scheme participants in attendance, including insurers, health providers, lawyers and employer representatives.

28
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2016-17

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2016. Public hospital fees for compensable and motor vehicle third party insurance patients in WA are regulated by the Department of Health under the Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927. The Hospitals (Services Charges for Compensable Patients) Amendment…Read More »

14
Supporting small business owners

WorkCover WA will be exhibiting at the Nifnex Small Business Expo at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 8 July 2016. The Expo will showcase services that are essential for Perth small business owners to start, grow and expand their business.

27
Prescribed amount schedule for 2016-17

Injured workers have a range of statutory entitlements available to them in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme to assist them to recover from their workplace injury and return them to suitable and sustainable employment.

13
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar – 14 June

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia.

15
Regulation amendment – definition of ‘industrial award’

A new regulation has been effected which expands the definition of ‘industrial award’ in the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

06
2016/17 Recommended Premium Rates

WorkCover WA Chief Executive Officer Ms Michelle Reynolds today made a media statement announcing a 0.3 per cent decrease in the 2016/17 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia.

29
Heads Up!

WorkCover WA is promoting beyondblue and the Heads Up initiative to raise awareness about the importance of mentally healthy workplaces.

04
Publication of Arbitration Practice Note

Pursuant to s 294(4) of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, the Registrar of the Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Service (WCAS) has the power to issue arbitration practice notes. The purpose of issuing practice notes is part of the WCAS’s continuing efforts to improve the efficiency, consistency and functioning of the Service.

08
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar – 23 February

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia.

08
Applications now open for 2016 PIEF study opportunities

The Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) provides a range of nationally recognised qualifications for people working in claims management, return to work, rehabilitation and personal injury management.

07
New WorkCover WA Board Member

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Warren Edwardes to its Board.

14
Insurance Brokers’ Seminar a success

On 10 December 2015, nearly 200 insurance brokers attended WorkCover WA’s annual Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar held at Crown Perth.

09
Weekly payments at Christmas

Every Christmas period WorkCover WA receives a spike in calls from financially distressed injured workers faced with missed weekly compensation payments.

04
The gpsupport site has changed!

The WorkCover WA gpsupport website now has even more information and resources for doctors treating patients with work-related conditions.

05
2015 Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar

WorkCover WA will be hosting its annual Insurance Brokers’ Breakfast Seminar on Thursday 10 December at Crown Perth. This complimentary seminar provides an overview of the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme in Western Australia and will give insurance brokers a look into the future when they hear keynote speaker, Strategy…Read More »

30
New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2015. The amendments apply a 2.15 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index.

22
Heads Up!

WorkCover WA is promoting the beyondblue and Heads Up initiative to raise awareness about the importance of mentally healthy workplaces.

13
Safe Work Month

October is Safe Work Month and WorkCover WA is encouraging all workplaces to consider the health benefits of an early and safe return to work for injured employees.

25
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2014/15 tabled in Parliament

The WorkCover WA 2014/15 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 23 September 2015 by the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC.

24
WorkCover WA’s reduced Christmas services

With Christmas fast approaching, we advise that WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 29, 30 and 31 December this year.

21
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 20 October 2015 in Shenton Park.

14
Registrations open for the PIEF Managing Serious & Complex Claims Workshop

WorkCover WA and the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) are pleased to advise another Managing Serious and Complex Claims workshop will be held in Perth this September.

31
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 1 September 2015 in Shenton Park.

21
Amendment to Conciliation Rules regarding email lodgement

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Conciliation Rules 2011 were amended on 1 July 2015. One of the amendments introduced a new rule (Rule 28 A) to allow Conciliation Service dispute related documentation to be lodged via email.

01
Strategic Plan 2015-18

WorkCover WA’s new Strategic Plan 2015-18 comes into effect on 1 July 2015.

26
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2015-16

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2015.

17
Amendments to the Conciliation and Arbitration Rules

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Conciliation Rules 2011 (Conciliation Rules) and the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Arbitration Rules 2011 (Arbitration Rules) have been amended.

16
Costs Determination for the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services

A new Costs Determination has been published in the Government Gazette for the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services. The Costs Determination governs the awarding of legal costs in the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services.

22
Prescribed amount schedule for 2015-16

The Prescribed Amount for this coming financial year has increased by just over 2% from $212,980.00 to $217,970.00.

15
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 9 June 2015 in Shenton Park.

12
Insightful Injury Management Conference a success

On 5 and 6 May 2015, Western Australia’s workers’ compensation and injury management community gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing injury management today.

29
Appointment of new Registrar

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Nilan Ekanayake to the position of Registrar, Arbitration.

10
Information for Injured Workers Trial

General Practitioners (GPs) play a key role in assisting injured workers within the Western Australian workers’ compensation and injury management scheme.

09
2015/16 Recommended Premium Rates

WorkCover WA Chief Executive Officer Ms Michelle Reynolds today made a media statement announcing a 4.7 per cent decrease in the 2015/16 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia. The average recommended premium rate for 2015/16 will be 1.483 per cent of total wages (down from the…Read More »

09
WorkCover WA’s award winning annual report

WorkCover WA has once again been recognised for excellence and accountability in public sector annual reporting, taking out four awards at the 30th Annual W.S. Lonnie Awards.

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Proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation (Legal Practitioners and Registered Agents) Costs Determination 2014

The Workers’ Compensation (Legal Practitioners and Registered Agents) Costs Determination 2014 (Costs Determination) governs the awarding of legal costs in the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services. The Costs Determination is made by the Costs Committee established under s269 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 and approved by the Minister for Commerce.

20
Recognition of acupuncture as an “approved treatment”

From Wednesday 1 April 2015, acupuncture will be recognised as an “approved treatment” under section 5(1) of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

18
Did you know? There are no age based restrictions on entitlements in the WA workers’ compensation scheme

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 was amended in October 2011 to remove all age based restrictions on entitlements.

20
The WorkCover WA Injury Management Conference 2015 Program is now available

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the release of the WorkCover WA Injury Management Conference 2015 program. Thought provoking and engaging, the two day program showcases local and national experts, practitioners and researchers from the injury management field such as: Ms Samantha Breust, Australian Rehabilitation Provider Association Award Winner Dr…Read More »

18
Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Service – Trial of Standard Order Template

From 23 February 2015 the Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Service will trial the use of a template minute of proposed programming orders form.

05
Symposium: Multidisciplinary Management of Workers with Complex Musculoskeletal Disorders

WorkCover WA is pleased to promote this symposium to medical and allied health clinicians delivering health services to injured workers in Western Australia (WA).

04
Fax friendly certificates of capacity

Fax friendly WorkCover WA certificates of capacity are now available. The largely black and white certificates were developed in response to industry consultation to maintain the resolution of information when transmitted by facsimile multiple times.

02
Free information seminars for injured workers

As part of our commitment to inform and support injured workers, WorkCover WA contracts the Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP), a not for profit safety and health training organisation, to periodically conduct free information seminars for injured workers.

16
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar – 24 February 2015

WorkCover WA will be hosting the next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar on Tuesday 24 February 2015 in Shenton Park. This seminar provides an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in WA and all interested parties are welcome to attend.

12
WorkCover WA Injury Management Conference 2015

WorkCover WA is excited to announce the WorkCover WA Injury Management Conference, 5 and 6 May 2015 at Crown Perth.

05
Website maintenance alert 9 December

The WorkCover WA website will undergo maintenance on Tuesday 9 December 2014 from 6pm – 8pm WST. The website will be unavailable to users during this time.

20
Website maintenance alert 24 November

The WorkCover WA website will undergo maintenance on Monday 24 November 2014 from 6pm – 8pm WST. The website will be unavailable to users during this time.

14
WorkCover WA a top 20 Best Practice agency

WorkCover WA has been listed by the Office of the Auditor General Western Australia as one of the top 20 Best Practice agencies in the small agency category.

30
New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2014.

22
Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981

The WA Government has approved the drafting of a bill to repeal and replace the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

21
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar – 25 November 2014

WorkCover WA will be hosting the next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar on Tuesday 25 November in Shenton Park.

08
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2013/14 tabled in Parliament

The WorkCover WA 2013/14 Annual Report was recently tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC.

08
New WorkCover WA website now live

WorkCover WA’s new website is now live.

22
New WorkCover WA website

WorkCover WA will launch its new website in October 2014.

25
Free information seminar for injured workers

As part of our commitment to inform and support injured workers, WorkCover WA would like to advise stakeholders of an upcoming free information seminar for injured workers.

19
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA will be hosting the next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar on Tuesday 23 September in Shenton Park.

18
Next phased increase to the minimum level of securities for exempt employers

The level of the minimum securities set for exempt employers (self-insurers) increased from $1.5 million to $2 million and became applicable to annual reviews after 1 July 2014.

04
WorkCover WA implements new certificates of capacity

On 1 July 2014, WorkCover WA’s new certificates of capacity replaced the First, Progress and Final medical certificates. Medical practitioners and practice managers can obtain the new certificates through their software provider or download them directly from the WorkCover WA gpsupport website.

26
Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981: Final Report

The Hon Michael Mischin MLC, Attorney General; Minister for Commerce, has tabled in Parliament WorkCover WA’s Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981: Final Report.

20
District Court appeal decisions now on WorkCover WA website

The previous decisions database now includes District Court appeal decisions of determinations from the Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Service. The previous decisions database is available from the Previous Decisions page.

19
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2014-15

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2014.

09
New WorkCover WA website in development

WorkCover WA has commenced the development of a new website that will replace the existing site later this year.

04
Prescribed amount schedule for 2014-15

Injured workers have a range of statutory entitlements available to them in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme to assist them to recover from their workplace injury and return them to suitable and sustainable employment.

14
WorkCover WA’s Compliance Framework

WorkCover WA’s Compliance Framework has been published on the WorkCover WA website.

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AMA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment – International presenter coming to Perth in 2014

On 15 June 2014, American Occupational Physician Professor Mohammed Ranavaya M.D., M.S., FACPM, FAADEP, CIME will visit Perth to conduct workshops and training in the use of the American Medical Association Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fifth edition (AMA 5). Professor Ranavaya is the President of ABIME and…Read More »

11
WorkCover WA’s launch of new certificates of capacity and online resource for GPs

WorkCover WA is introducing new certificates of capacity and an online resource for general practitioners (GPs), WorkCover WA’s gpsupport.

08
2014/15 Recommended Premium Rates

The WorkCover WA Board has approved the recommended premium rates for workers’ compensation compulsory insurance policies for 2014/15. The recommended premium rates were published today in a Special Government Gazette and will come into effect from 4pm on 30 June 2014.

07
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA will be hosting the next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar on Tuesday 23 September in Shenton Park.

02
WorkCover WA wins Best Annual Report

WorkCover WA has once again been recognised for excellence in accountability in annual reporting by winning two awards at the 29th Annual W.S. Lonnie Awards.

31
Enforcement of Arbitration Rules regarding witness statements

Stakeholders are advised that as of 28 April 2014 the Registrar will be rejecting Applications and Replies in relation to the filing of witness statements where he considers they do not comply with the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (“the Act”) and the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Arbitration Rules 2011 (“the Rules”).

18
Costs Determination for the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services

A new Costs Determination has been published in the Government Gazette for the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services. The Costs Determination governs the awarding of legal costs in the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services.

12
Infringement Notices

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2014 have been published in the Government Gazette. The amended regulations expand the number of offences against the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act) that WorkCover WA can address using infringement notices and modified penalties as an enforcement option.

31
New forms required for Conciliation and Arbitration

On 2 December 2013 all existing WorkCover WA forms for the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation Service and Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Service were replaced with new versions.

08
WorkCover WA Board Members

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the reappointment of the following members to its Board:

02
New forms for Conciliation and Arbitration

On 2 December 2013 all existing WorkCover WA forms for the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation Service and Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Service will be replaced.

12
Presumptive workers’ compensation laws for firefighters

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2013 implements new presumptive workers’ compensation laws that benefit career firefighters who contract cancer performing firefighting duties.

11
Clinical Framework available on the WorkCover WA website

In line with WorkCover WA’s endorsement of the Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services (the Clinical Framework), the Clinical Framework is now available on the WorkCover WA website.

31
New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2013. The amendments apply a 3.53 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index.

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New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2013. The amendments apply a 3.53 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index.

04
New WorkCover WA Board Member

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Steven Burns to its Board.

01
Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 – Discussion Paper

WorkCover WA has published a discussion paper outlining proposals to redraft the Act. Read more…

04
Registrations are now closed for the Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA has received an overwhelming number of registrations for the Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar on Tuesday 24 September 2013.

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Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA will be hosting the next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar on Tuesday 24 September in Shenton Park.

09
Amendment to the Schedule of Public Hospital Fees for Compensable Patients 2013-14

The Department of Health has advised WorkCover WA of a change to the compensable inpatient – nursing home rate from $279 to $267 per day.

07
PIEF’s Motivational Interactions Workshop 29-30 August 2013

The two day workshop will be held at WorkCover WA; 2 Bedbrook Place, Shenton Park (corner of Lemnos Street) on the 29th and 30th August 2013.

01
Follow us on Twitter

Today, WorkCover WA’s first ‘tweet’ will mark the Agency’s expansion into social media communications.

01
Changes to minimum level of securities for self-insurers (exempt employers)

Changes to the minimum level of securities for self-insurers (exempt employers) come into effect today.

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Public hospital fees for compensable patients 2013-14

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2013.

14
Prescribed amount schedule for 2013-14

Injured workers have a range of statutory entitlements available to them in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme to assist them to recover from their workplace injury and return them to suitable and sustainable employment.

17
AMA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment – International presenter coming to Perth in 2013

The American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) in conjunction with the American College of Disability Medicine and WorkCover WA are pleased to present American Occupational Physician Professor Mohammed Ranavaya M.D., M.S., FACPM, FAADEP, CIME.

09
2013/14 Recommended Premium Rates

The WorkCover WA Board has approved the recommended premium rates for workers’ compensation compulsory insurance policies for 2013/14. The recommended premium rates were published today in a Special Government Gazette and will come into effect from 4pm on 30 June 2013.

25
Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminars

The Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar is an event hosted by WorkCover WA based on stakeholder demand. It provides an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in WA and all interested parties are welcome to attend.

12
Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2012

A small number of minor amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Regulations 1982 take effect on 15 December 2012.

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Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2012

A small number of minor amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Regulations 1982 take effect on 15 December 2012.

03
Bulletin regarding direct employer payments for minor claims

WorkCover WA has released a bulletin to clarify legislative requirements regarding direct employer payments for minor claims and employer obligations to claim in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act) and policy of insurance.

12
Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (Jockeys) Act 2012

The State Parliament has passed legislation to align the rate of weekly compensation paid to licensed jockeys with their pre-injury average weekly earnings on the same basis as other non-award workers under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. The legislation also clarifies the scope of the workers’ compensation insurance obligation between Racing and Wagering Western Australia and licensed trainers regarding work done by jockeys for trainers at unlicensed facilities.

12
Improved Case Management System

From 1 January 2013, WorkCover WA will introduce a new Case Management System in Regulatory Services.

01
Online Claims Manager Training Qualification

As members of the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF), WorkCover WA is very supportive of PIEF’s efforts to create and deliver leading educational programs that are designed to improve the capability and professionalism of the personal injury industry across Australia and New Zealand.

31
Training in the WorkCover WA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment

The next WorkCover WA Education Module training session will be held: Tuesday 27 November 2012

31
Welcome to WorkCover 30 January 2013

This free information seminar is designed to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in WA.

27
WorkCover WA’s position regarding contractual indemnities for personal injury damages

WorkCover WA has released a bulletin to clarify its position regarding contractual indemnities for personal injury damages.

25
Record workers’ compensation fine for retail food company

“This employer also faced significant costs if one of its uninsured workers had suffered a serious injury. As a well as the legal requirement, it’s plain good business sense to insure employees against such an event.”

30
New Bill – Workers Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (Jockeys) Bill 2012

The Government has introduced a Bill into the WA Parliament to align the rate of weekly compensation paid to licensed jockeys with their pre-injury average weekly earnings on the same basis as other non-award workers under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

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Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

This free information seminar is designed to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in WA.

26
Insurance Brokers’ Code of Practice now available

Following an extensive feedback and consultation process, the new Insurance Brokers’ Code of Practice is now available for use by the workers’ compensation industry.

25
New workers compensation laws proclaimed (common law insurance)

The Governor in Executive Council proclaimed 1 August 2012 for the commencement of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2012. The supporting Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Regulations 2012 are also effective from 1 August 2012.

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Latest statistics on the WA workers’ compensation scheme

WorkCover WA is pleased to advise stakeholders that the latest annual statistical report is now available on our website.

09
(Prosecution) Recreational tour company fined for non-compliance

A recreational scuba diving and tourism business must pay over $22,000 in fines, penalties and costs after being found guilty of not holding a valid workers’ compensation policy.

09
Increased functionality for digital medical forms

The progress and final medical certificates that are available for download from the WorkCover WA website have been enhanced to incorporate greater functionality and accessibility for users.

03
2012 Excellence in Personal Injury Management Awards

A Western Australian injury management specialist, Melissa Gill, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2012 Excellence in Personal Injury Management Awards in the category of Excellence in Return to Work / Return to Community.

21
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2012-13

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2012.

15
Bulletin Presses Importance of Timely Reporting

This month, WorkCover WA has issued a WorkCover Bulletin titled; Provision of Policy Information to WorkCover WA in a Timely Manner.

09
Claims History Requests

WorkCover WA has previously, upon request and with the consent of the individual involved, supplied information to employers and prospective employers in relation to workers’ compensation claims histories.

01
Conciliation and Arbitration Services – eLodgment now live

Applications for Conciliation can now be lodged online using the WorkCover WA eLodgment portal.

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Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

This free information seminar is designed to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in WA.

13
2012-13 Recommended Premium Rates

The WorkCover WA Board has approved the recommended premium rates for workers’ compensation compulsory insurance policies for 2012/13. The recommended premium rates were published today in a Special Government Gazette and will come into effect from 4pm on 30 June 2012.

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Tick of approval from WA employers

The performance of WorkCover WA has rated highly in a recent survey of WA employers.

26
Draft Insurance Brokers Code of Practice and Employer Checklist

A review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 was undertaken in 2009, with 66 recommendations endorsed by Government.

20
Free information seminar – Introduction to WorkCover WA

Note: This seminar is now full. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list please email corporate.communications@workcover.wa.gov.au

15
Workers compensation – common law insurance

An amendment Bill will be brought to Parliament early in 2012 to clarify the workers’ compensation common law insurance obligations of employers and insurers.

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act) implemented in October 2011 inadvertently created legal uncertainty as to an employer’s common law insurance obligation for people who are deemed their workers in some circumstances.

14
Workers’ compensation – common law insurance

An amendment Bill will be brought to Parliament early in 2012 to clarify the workers’ compensation common law insurance obligations of employers and insurers.

13
New Service Provision and Service Descriptions (standards) for Approved Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

WorkCover WA has developed new Service Provision and Service Descriptions (standards) for Approved Rehabilitation Workplace Providers.

05
Form Launch – Complaints against a Scheme Participant

As part of WorkCover WA’s commitment to continuous improvement, we have reviewed our framework for handling complaints against scheme participants. The review focused on how to increase the visibility and accessibility of our complaint handling framework for those wishing to make a complaint about a participant within the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme.

01
New Conciliation and Arbitration Services (CAS)

A new WorkCover WA workers’ compensation dispute resolution system comes into effect today.

25
Conciliation and Arbitration Services Information Resources

In November 2011, WorkCover WA hosted a number of stakeholder information sessions on the recent changes to the workers’ compensation laws in Western Australia, and how they affect the provision of Conciliation and Arbitration Services. The changes come into effect from 1 December 2011.

21
Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Regulations

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Regulations 1982 have been amended to give effect to a number of the changes delivered by the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2011.

21
WorkCover WA Board Member Reappointed

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the reappointment of Ms Linda Morich to its Board.

16
Rules and Costs Determination for the new Conciliation and Arbitration Services

The Minister for Commerce has now approved the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Conciliation Rules 2011 and the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Arbitration Rules 2011.

01
PIEF Postgraduate Course Roadshow (Perth) – Monday, 14 November 2011

The Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF), in collaboration with Deakin University, is launching a revised personal injury postgraduate program in 2012.

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Conciliation and Arbitration Services Information Session – Wed 16 Nov 2011

WorkCover WA is hosting a number of information sessions on the recent changes to the workers’ compensation laws in Western Australia, and how they affect the provision of conciliation and arbitration services. The changes come into effect from 1 December 2011.

27
Uninsured employer fined after injury to worker

A courier and trucking business has been fined $1,500 in the Newman Court and forced to pay court costs of $575 after failing to maintain current workers’ compensation insurance.

18
Updated Workers’ Compensation Claim Form

WorkCover WA has updated the Workers’ Compensation Claim Form to reflect recent changes to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

12
Two new WorkCover WA Bulletins now available

Following the 1 April 2011 announcement regarding the issuing of a number of Bulletins, two new Bulletins have been issued and are available on the WorkCover WA website under the Service Providers > Insurers section.

10
Training in the WorkCover WA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment

The next WorkCover WA Education Module training session will be held: Tuesday 15 November 2011

28
Recommended Premium Rates – Effective 1 October 2011

Recommended premium rates for workers’ compensation insurance policies were published today in a Special Government Gazette.

26
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2010/11

The WorkCover WA Annual Report 2010/11 was tabled in Parliament on 20 September 2011 by the Minister for Commerce, The Hon Simon O’Brien MLC.

22
New workers’ compensation laws proclaimed

The Governor in the Executive Council has proclaimed 1 October 2011 for the commencement of the first stage of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2011 (the Act).

08
DRD Practice Direction 1/2011

Judge McCann, Commissioner of the Dispute Resolution Directorate (DRD), issued a Practice Direction on 8 September 2011 that explains how current and new cases will be managed as WorkCover transitions to the new Dispute Services.

07
Consultation Process – Draft Revised Costs Determination

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2011 establishes a new dispute services model for workers’ compensation disputes. The new model comes into effect on 1 December 2011.

02
Engaging with business: WorkCover WA Employer Survey 2011

During September and October, WorkCover WA is conducting a telephone survey with employers to ensure that we understand the needs of businesses.

18
Parliament passes workers’ compensation legislative amendments

State Parliament has passed important amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

12
Introduction to WorkCover – Second session

WorkCover WA is hosting a free information seminar regarding the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme in WA.

29
WorkCover WA participating in Hearing Awareness Week

Hearing Awareness Week is an annual event held in the last week of August, raising community awareness of hearing impairment and ways to protect hearing. The Noise Expo, a community event for anyone who is suffering from or at risk of noise induced hearing loss, will be held Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 August 2011

12
Improvements to designation criteria for Approved Medical Specialists

WorkCover WA, in consultation with its Medical Committee, has completed a review of the criteria for designation as an Approved Medical Specialist.

07
Renewal of Workers Compensation Approved Insurers

Approved Workers Compensation Insurers have been invited to submit applications for renewal of their approval to issue workers’ compensation policies to Western Australian employers.

17
Prescribed amount schedule for 2011-12

Injured workers have a range of statutory entitlements available to them in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme to assist them to recover from their workplace injury and return them to suitable and sustainable employment.

13
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2011-12

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2011.

31
New “Injury Management: A Guide for Employers”

WorkCover WA has redeveloped the Injury Management Code of Practice Guidance Notes, now called Injury Management: A Guide for Employers.

20
Review of weekly compensation rate for jockeys: consultation regulatory impact statement

The weekly compensation rate for jockeys under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the WCIM Act) is linked to the award rate for stable foremen under the Horse Training Industry Award 1976, which is currently $663.60.

18
Free Seminar for Injured Workers in Bunbury

IFAP, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, is conducting a free seminar for injured workers on behalf of WorkCover WA, in Bunbury on Tuesday, 7 June 2010.

02
Introduction to WorkCover WA Seminar

The Introduction to WorkCover WA Seminar will be held at WorkCover WA on Wednesday, 25 May 2011, from 9.30am to 11.30am. Registrations will commence at 9.15am.

20
More Approved Medical Specialists for the WA workers’ compensation scheme

An Approved Medical Specialist (AMS) is a medical practitioner accredited by WorkCover WA to undertake assessments of a worker’s degree of permanent impairment. Currently there are 189 AMSs on WorkCover WA’s Register.

18
Call for comments on “Injury Management: A Guide for Employers”

WorkCover WA calls for comments on a redeveloped Injury Management Code of Practice Guidance Notes, now called Injury Management: A Guide for Employers.

13
2011/12 Recommended Premium Rates

The WorkCover WA Board has agreed the recommended premium rates for workers’ compensation compulsory insurance policies for 2011/12. The recommended premium rates were published today in a Special Government Gazette and will come into effect from 4pm on 30 June 2011.

08
Free injured worker seminar in Kalgoorlie

IFAP, on behalf of WorkCover WA, is conducting a free seminar for injured workers in the Kalgoorlie region on Tuesday 10 May.

08
WorkCover WA Bulletins now available

As per the 1 April announcement, WorkCover WA has recently finalised a review of the Bulletins provided to insurers, self-insurers and other stakeholders. The review resulted in a significant reduction in the number of Bulletins required, after the removal of outdated information and content that was no longer relevant as a result of legislative or policy changes.

06
Applications to load in excess of 75% of the recommended premium rate

Approved insurers seeking to charge an employer a premium of more than 75% above the recommended premium rate are required to request and obtain permission from the WorkCover WA Authority (the Board), in accordance with section 152 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

01
WorkCover WA Bulletins reissue on 8 April 2011

In past years, WorkCover WA has issued a range of Bulletins for insurers and self-insurers, to provide information about WorkCover administrative requirements and to clarify legislative matters.

29
Director DRD to review Memoranda of Agreement process

The Director of the Dispute Resolution Directorate has informed participants in the WA workers’ compensation scheme that he is reviewing processes for dealing with memoranda of the terms of settlement of a District Court action lodged pursuant to section 92(f) of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

18
Workers’ Compensation Amendment Bill 2011 Introduced into Parliament

On 17 March 2011 the Minister for Commerce announced the introduction of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Bill 2011 into State Parliament.

17
New appointment to WorkCover WA board

On Thursday 3 March, Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien announced the appointment of Karin Lee to a three-year appointment to the board of WorkCover WA.

03
Statistical Reports now on Research Evaluation and Statistics page

As part of regular site review and maintenance, WorkCover WA has merged the Reports, Performance and Statistics page with the Research page.

09
Memoranda of Agreement – Revised Process

WorkCover WA’s Dispute Resolution Directorate (DRD) recently undertook a review of its internal procedures relating to the examination of Memoranda of Agreement (“MOA”) under section 76 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. As a result, the processes were revised in relation to the Director’s role in the examination of MOA.

16
Introduction to WorkCover WA

WorkCover WA conducts information sessions for stakeholders as an introduction to the agency. Introduction to WorkCover WA provides an overview of the work we do and how the workers’ compensation system functions.

10
Approved Medical Specialists – International presenter coming to Perth in 2011

The American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) in conjunction with the American College of Disability Medicine and WorkCover WA are pleased to present American Occupational Physician Professor Mohammed Ranavaya M.D., M.S., FACPM, FAADEP, CIME.

01
Proactive Approach Helpful for Workers’ Compensation Cases

In workers’ compensation cases, an effective relationship between the treating practitioner, the GP, the injured worker and their employer, and specialist medical and allied health providers, seems to be one of the best indicators of a successful return to the workforce after a workplace injury.

23
Injured Worker Survey

WorkCover WA recently commissioned an independent survey of injured workers to obtain information about return to work outcomes and satisfaction with services provided throughout the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme.

23
‘Fast tracking’ matters

Practice Direction No. 1/2010 simplifies the application procedures for ‘fast tracking’ matters in the Dispute Resolution Directorate.

16
Introduction to WorkCover WA on 24 November

WorkCover WA runs a quarterly information session called Introduction to WorkCover WA. Organised as an introduction to the agency, the event provides an overview of the work we do and the functions of our divisions.

01
Guiding medical specialists in their impairment assessments

WorkCover WA today released the third edition of the Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, which details the procedures for evaluating permanent impairment for workers’ compensation purposes in Western Australia.

29
New medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2010.

25
Insurance brokers’ key role in workers’ compensation

One of the key observations from last year’s review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 was the important role played by insurance brokers.

01
Return to work “healthiest” outcome

As we all know, participating in the workforce plays a key role in keeping healthy; improving self worth, esteem and identity.

01
Revised workers’ compensation claim form now available

The revised workers’ compensation claim form takes effect from 1 October 2010 and is now available on the WorkCover WA website.

23
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2009/10

The WorkCover WA Annual Report 2009/10 was tabled in Parliament on 22 September 2010 by the Minister for Commerce, Hon Bill Marmion MLA.

08
Release of new workers’ compensation claim form in October

A new workers’ compensation claim form will take effect from 1 October 2010.

06
Information session remains a valuable opportunity for stakeholders

The May Introduction to WorkCover WA information session was attended by more than 40 people from a range of industry sectors including construction, legal and insurance.

21
New WorkCover WA Board Member

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ian Williams to its Board.

06
Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

WorkCover WA together with signatories from other workers’ compensation jurisdictions, commenced operating under the Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers (the Framework) from 1 July 2010.

05
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2010-11

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients came into effect on 1 July 2010.

29
Annual Statistics report now available

The 2005/06 to 2008/09 edition of the Workers’ Compensation in Western Australia Statistical Report is now available for download.

18
Prescribed Amount Schedule for 2010-11

Injured workers have a range of statutory entitlements available to them in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme to assist them to recover from their workplace injury and return them to suitable and sustainable employment.

02
Training to become an Approved Medical Specialist WorkCover WA Education Module

The next training session in the WorkCover WA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment for medical practitioners wanting to become an Approved Medical Specialist, is scheduled for Tuesday, 10 August 2010.

02
Free Injured Workers Seminar in Bunbury

On behalf of WorkCover WA, IFAP is running a Free Injured Workers Seminar in Bunbury.

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Important Information in your Language

If your primary language is not English, you can still get the latest information about the workers’ compensation and injury management system.

13
2010/11 Recommended Premium Rates

The Board of WorkCover WA has agreed that the average recommended premium rate for 2010/11 will be 1.497 per cent of total wages. This represents a 13.9 per cent drop from the previous financial year.

08
Minister announces good news for workers’ compensation system

Commerce Minister Troy Buswell has announced good news for Western Australia’s workers’ compensation system, with significant improvements proposed for the State’s Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 and a cut in the 2010/11 average recommended premium rate.

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March 2010 DRD e-Link newsletter

The March 2010 edition of the DRD e-Link is now available.

10
Find out more about the role of WorkCover WA

Following the recent overwhelming demand for the free Introduction to WorkCover WA session, the next session has been scheduled for Tuesday, 25 May 2010. Given the popularity of this event, it is important that you register soon… places will fill fast.

05
Improvements to our website

We’ve been working hard to improve how we provide you with workers’ compensation information on our website. These changes do not represent any additional obligations or requirements under the workers’ compensation system. We hope you’ll find the website clearer and easier to understand.

15
More information on entitlements and settlements for injured workers

Two new publications have been developed to support injured workers at different stages of their claim. The Receiving Workers’ Compensation Entitlements and Information on finalising your claim brochures have been published as part of a WorkCover WA initiative to develop information resources targeted to the needs of stakeholders.

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Find out more about the role of WorkCover WA

The Introduction to WorkCover WA information session aims to keep you informed about WorkCover WA’s role in the workers’ compensation and injury management system.

14
Free Injured Workers Seminar in Albany

IFAP, on behalf of WorkCover WA, are running a Free Injured Workers Seminar in Albany.

03
December 2009 DRD e-Link newsletter

The December 2009 edition of the DRD e-Link newsletter is now available.

01
Free information sessions for Kimberley employers about workers’ compensation

Local north-west employers can learn more about Western Australia’s workers’ compensation system by taking advantage of the free information seminars in the region. The seminars will complement WorkCover WA’s visit to the Kimberley region next month.

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Practice Direction 2-2009 – Long Term Matters

On 18 November 2009, Commissioner McCann issued Practice Direction no.2/2009, which relates to the identification and review of all disputes in the DRD that have been in progress for greater than 18 months without being resolved, or have been dormant for not less than 6 months (“long term matters”).

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New DRD Rules – Information Session

On 7 November, new Dispute Resolution Directorate (DRD) rules came into effect.

09
Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

In September 2005, the Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities (HWCA) established a reference group to undertake the task of developing a Nationally Consistent Approval Framework (Framework) for workplace rehabilitation providers (WRP).

02
Annual indexation of medical and allied health fees

Revised fees for medical and allied health services come into effect from today. This year’s annual indexation process resulted in an increase of 4.60 per cent to all fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index.

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Michelle Reynolds appointed CEO of WorkCover WA

Michelle Reynolds has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of WorkCover WA. She had previously been acting in this position at WorkCover WA.

19
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2008/09 tabled in Parliament

WorkCover WA is pleased to present the Annual Report 2008/09 tabled in Parliament on 15 October 2009.

14
Judge McCann delivers seminar on DRD Fast-Track Program

Participants gave positive feedback to an information session delivered by Judge Philip McCann, Dispute Resolution Directorate Commissioner, on the Pilot Program for the DRD Fast-Track Arbitration System, held on 13 August 2009.

02
Public Hospital Fees for Compensable Patients

The Department of Health has advised WorkCover WA that the State Government has approved amendments to fees related to compensable and motor vehicle third party insurance patients.

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Fast Track Pilot Program

I am pleased to announce that the Dispute Resolution Directorate (DRD) will launch a Fast Track Pilot Program on 1 September 2009.

23
Prescribed amount schedule for 2009-10

Each financial year the entitlements available to injured workers within the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme are indexed pursuant to section 5 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 .

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Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 – review

WorkCover WA has established a Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 review project webpage.

18
Annual Report is top in WA

WorkCover WA has achieved one of the highest accolades in the WA Public Sector, winning the prestigious WA Lonnie Memorial Trophy for the best government annual report.

04
Free Injured Workers Seminar in Karratha

IFAP on behalf of WorkCover WA are running a Free Injured Workers Seminar in Karratha.

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WorkCover WA announces Recommended Premium Rates for 2009-10

The Chairman of the WorkCover WA Board, Mr Greg Joyce, today announced the 2009-2010 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia.
Mr Joyce said that the average recommended premium rate would be 1.738% of total wages for 2009-10, up from 1.582% in 2008-09,and representing an overall increase of 9.9%.

07
Upcoming course providing an introduction to advocacy in the DRD

To provide practitioners with support in their professional development activities, the Dispute Resolution Directorate (DRD) is conducting a free education course on advocacy in the DRD.

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Overhaul for workers’ compensation legislation

Commerce Minister Troy Buswell today announced a review of Western Australia’s workers’ compensation legislation.

18
Employment opportunities at WorkCover WA

WorkCover WA is a Statutory Authority responsible for the regulation and administration of the workers’ compensation system in Western Australia.

18
Frequently Asked Questions Updated

Changes in economic conditions have sparked an increase in queries from employers to WorkCover WA about redundancy.

10
New AMS designations including two interstate specialists

12 new approved medical specialists (AMS) were designated by WorkCover WA on 30 December 2008.

05
February edition of the DRD e-link now available

The ninth and first edition of 2009 of the DRD e-link contains exciting news.

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Positive feedback for Part XII Workshop

On 3 December 2008, the Dispute Resolution Directorate held a Stakeholder workshop on Part XII applications in response to feedback received at a meeting of registered agents.

05
New WorkCover WA Board Member

Ms Linda Morich has been appointed to WorkCover WA’s Board, as the member experienced in workers’ interests, for a three year term from 30 December 2008.

16
Annual indexation of medical and allied health fees

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Amendment Regulations 2008 (the Amendment Regulations) will be published in a Special Government Gazette on Wednesday, 17 December 2008.

16
Recognition of exercise physiology as an approved treatement

Exercise physiology will be recognised as an “approved treatment” under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act) from Thursday, 18 December 2008.

05
WorkCover WA Annual Report 2007-08 tabled in Parliament

WorkCover WA is pleased to present the Annual Report 2007-08 which was tabled in parliament on 11 November 2008.

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Read the latest edition of the DRD e-link

Welcome to the latest edition of the DRD e-link. This publication is bought to you by the Dispute Resolution Directorate, and features articles, news, notes on practice and procedure, and other useful information.

18
Asbestos Diseases Awareness Week

This year the Asbestos Diseases Awareness Week will bring to the attention of the Australian public the epidemic proportion of asbestos caused disease and the unacceptable amount of decaying asbestos products which are still present in the community, releasing asbestos fibres and creating an unacceptable health risk.

10
Events Calendar

WorkCover WA is committed to supporting the ongoing professional development and requirements of all stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system. We are pleased to present a range of interesting events on offer through our 2008-2009 Calendar.

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WorkCover WA releases new annual statistical report

WorkCover WA is pleased to present the annual statistical report covering workers’ compensation claim statistics for the period 2003-04 to 2006-07.

16
IFAP Injury Management Roadshow is heading to Bunbury

The second IFAP Injury Management Roadshow is heading to Bunbury.

09
WorkCover WA to vist the Pilbara

Free seminars for Pilbara employers will spearhead WorkCover WA’s visit to the region in September.

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One year anniversary edition of the DRD e-link is here

Welcome to the seventh and one year anniversary edition of the DRD e-link!

03
Safe Work Australia Week

Safe Work Australia Week is on from the 19th to the 26th of October.

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Stakeholder engagement a priority in the development of new products

Stakeholder engagement has been an area of focus for WorkCover WA over the past few years and continued efforts have been made towards building effective working relationships with its stakeholders. WorkCover WA has established four reference groups as part of representing four target audiences to provide input and advice to WorkCover WA on the development and review of a range of new and existing resources, as part of the implementation of more formalised stakeholder engagement practices and policies.

14
Workshop on psychiatric impairment a great success

WorkCover WA’s recent workshop on evaluating permanent psychiatric impairment provided approved medical specialists with an opportunity to refresh their knowledge of the impairment assessment processes and discuss and evaluate a range of specific case histories with peers.

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September edition of the DRD E-Link now available

Welcome to the seventh and one year anniversary edition of the DRD e-link!

18
Medi Link Newsletter for Approved Medical Specialists

The second edition of the Medi Link Newsletter for approved medical specialists (AMS) is available.

09
Workers’ Compensation Licensed Insurer Best Practice Guidelines

WorkCover WA acknowledges the achievement of Western Australia’s licensed workers’ compensation insurers in collaboratively developing a framework for the management of claims made by workers following a work related injury.

07
IFAP launch new Injury Management courses

Following the success of IFAP’s current suite of Injury Management courses, and in response to demand, two new courses are now available.

04
DRD Commissioner makes inaugural speech

On 11 June 2008 His Honour Judge Philip McCann, Commissioner of the Dispute Resolution Directorate(DRD), gave his inaugural speech to staff and stakeholders of the DRD.

03
Successful Prosecution of Employer

Small gourmet seafood business fined over $1700 in fines, penalties and other costs after failing to supply wage records to WorkCover WA.

25
Prescribed Amount Schedule for 2008-2009

Each financial year the entitlements available to injured workers within the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme are indexed pursuant to section 5 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

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New Publications now available

Check out a number of new Scheme Status Reports on the Reports and Performance page.

09
WorkCover WA to visit Kalgoorlie

WorkCover WA representatives will be visiting Kalgoorlie from Monday 16 June to Friday 20 June 2008 to help local stakeholders with worke rs’ compensation, injury management and return to work processes.

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Supplementation fund levy discontinued

The supplementation fund covers employers’ liability for claims under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 in the event that an approved insurer proceeds into liquidation, and for waterfront workers suffering from asbestos-related diseases under the Waterfront Workers’ (Compensation for Asbestos Related Diseases) Act 1986.

22
Dispute Resolution Directorate Survey

The Dispute Resolution Directorate (DRD) is the independent body that hears and determines disputes between parties in the workers’ compensation system.

20
Access to Commissioner and Magistrate decisions

WorkCover WA has now made it easier for you to access decisions made by the Commissioner (from November 2005) and the Compensation Magistrate (between 1994 and 2006) by removing the requirement of a log-in. These decisions are referenced by the Decision Number, Appellant, Respondent and Commissioner or Magistrate. Each decision is provided in PDF format.

13
2008/2009 Premium Rates Announced

WorkCover WA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Adrian Warner, today announced a significant reduction in compulsory workers’ compensation insurance premium rates.

09
May edition of the DRD E-link

This exciting edition contains the following: The announcement of the appointment of the new Commissioner of DRD; Statistical data relating to DRD activity and performance; Information on the annual client survey and how you can participate.

11
2008 Scheme Update Seminar

WorkCover WA’s second annual Scheme Update Seminar was a great success with over 140 stakeholders hearing the latest news on the health of the State’s workers’ compensation scheme.

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New Scheme Performance Reports

Check out a number of new Scheme Status Reports on the Reports and Performance page.

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Improved AMS Search Facility

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce improvements to the search facility for Approved Medical Specialists.

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Latest DRD E-Link – March 2008

Issues: A review of a guest presentation by Malcolm Collier from ILEX WA; A feature article: Common Law 2004 Scheme – Special Evaluations; Helpful tips about Certificates of Service, Notices of Discontinuance, Medical Reports, Common Law Applications – 2004 Scheme, Notices of Representation.

12
New Commissioner Appointed

His Honour Judge Philip McCann of the District Court, has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Dispute Resolution Directorate for a term of 5 years, commencing on 11 March 2008.

11
Introduction to WorkCover WA

More than 20 delegates from a range of industry groups attended the Introduction to WorkCover WA information session on 11 February 2008.

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2008 Scheme Update Seminar

Bookings are now open for the 2008 WorkCover WA Scheme Update Seminar to be held on Thursday 10 April.

17
Conference Highlights e-newsletter

Following on from our successful injury management conference held during October, WorkCover WA is pleased to provide you with the Conference Highlights e-newsletter.

10
Revised medical and allied health fees

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 were published in a Special Government Gazette on Friday, 7 December 2007. The revised fees for medical and allied health treatment services took effect from Saturday, 8 December 2007 and bring about a 4.23 per cent increase to the fees in accordance with the composite index.

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WorkCover WA wins Premier’s Award

The Premier, the Hon Alan Carpenter MLA, recently announced the winners of awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

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WorkCover WA Guides (2nd Edition) now available online

The 2nd edition of the WorkCover WA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is in use from 26 November 2007.

14
Preliminary Notice WorkCover WA Guides

The second edition of the WorkCover WA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment will be in use from 26 November 2007.

09
New costs scale for the DRD

The Costs Committee have finalised their review of the costs scale for legal practitioners and registered agents appearing before the WorkCover WA Dispute Resolution Directorate.

07
November Edition of DRD E-Link

The DRD E-Link is a valuable way to communicate the latest information and news from WorkCover WA’s Dispute Resolution Directorate.

05
Injury Management Conference PowerPoint presentations now available

We are delighted to advise that the PowerPoint Presentations from the WorkCover WA Injury Management Conference are now available on the Conference Website. To view these presentations visit www.imcwa2007.com.au

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Common mistake is costly for no workers compensation policy

A home-based transport business must pay over $2000 in fines, penalties and costs after being found guilty of not having a workers’ compensation policy.

12
Evaluation of the 2005 Workers’ Compensation Reforms

WorkCover WA would like to thank respondents who gave their input into the evaluation of the 2005 workers’ compensation legislative reforms.

05
Approved medical specialists’ training gets tick of approval

Over a dozen doctors including GP’s, psychiatrists, orthopaedic surgeons and occupational physicians attended the WorkCover WA approved medical specialists (AMS) training session which took place on Thursday 20 September.

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Conference Program Finalised

The Program Advisory Committee are delighted to advise that the Working together…a better future Injury Management Conference 2007 program has been finalised.

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Medical Certificates now available in word format

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce that based on feedback from medical practitioners, the first, progress and final medical certificates are now available in two formats on the WorkCover WA website.

11
DRD E-Newsletter launched

Su Lloyd, Director of the Dispute Resolution Directorate today launched the new DRD E-Newsletter.

10
Comparison of workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council’s Comparison of workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand aims to provide all stakeholders with information to assist them in understanding workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand.

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“Introduction to WorkCover WA is well worthwhile” say delegates

The Introduction to WorkCover WA workshop which took place on Tuesday 14 August was attended by more than 20 delegates from a range of industry sectors including the legal and insurance fields, as well as a state government agency.

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IFAP Supports Injury Management

Injury Management Coordinators, employers and stakeholders are invited to a one day injury management forum.

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Call for Submissions on Costs Scale

The Costs Committee gives notice of its intention to make a costs determination in accordance with section 271 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act).

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Workshop attendees appreciate ‘valuable learning experience’

The Advanced Technical Training workshop, conducted for a second time at WorkCover WA on Friday 8 June, once again attracted more than 60 delegates, the majority of whom agreed it was a valuable learning opportunity.

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Workshop for medical specialists a success

More than 30 medical specialists attended WorkCover WA’s first hand and wrist workshop on Tuesday 15 May, with feedback indicating that the forum was both informative and useful.

04
Premium Rates Fall

Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts today announced a reduction in compulsory workers’ compensation insurance premium rates.

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Scheme Update Seminar

WorkCover WA hosted the inaugural Scheme Update Seminar on 24 April 2007.

06
New Director for the DRD

Commencing Tuesday 6th March, Susan Lloyd an experienced legal practitioner joined WorkCover WA as Director of the Dispute Resolution Directorate for a period of 6 months.

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New Learning Opportunities

WorkCover WA is committed to supporting the ongoing professional development and learning requirements of all stakeholders involved with, or who have an interest in, the workers’ compensation system. We are pleased to introduce a range of new learning opportunities now on offer through our 2007 Calendar of Events.