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Modernising WA’s Workers Compensation Laws – Additional information sessions

Due to the success of the first five information sessions, WorkCover WA is hosting two additional sessions on the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 (Consultation Draft). Wednesday 8 September – Virtual session: 9:00am – 10:00am Thursday 9 September – Face-to-face session: 2:30pm – 4:00pm These sessions will provide…Read More »

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Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards – Information Sessions

Following the official release on 1 July 2021, WorkCover WA is holding information sessions for the new Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice (Principles and Standards). The Principles and Standards outline the priority areas and expectations of workplace rehabilitation providers within the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme….Read More »

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Modernising WA’s Workers Compensation Laws: have your say

The Government is seeking public submissions on the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Bill 2021 – Consultation Draft. The draft Bill modernises WA’s workers compensation laws and is based on recommendations from WorkCover WA’s 2014 Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981: Final Report. The draft Bill…Read More »

05
Workplace Rehabilitation Providers and Principles and Standards – Launch Event

On Thursday 29 July, WorkCover WA hosted a successful event at Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park, for the official launch of the Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice (Principles and Standards). The Principles and Standards provide clear service expectations for delivering workplace rehabilitation services and are designed to…Read More »

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Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2021-22

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients take effect from 28 July 2021. These fees are regulated by the Department of Health under the Health Services Act 2016. A copy of the schedule is available at: Rates, fees & payments – WorkCover WA

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Released – Workplace Rehabilitation Providers and Principles and Standards

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the release of the Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice (Principles and Standards) which come into effect today. The new Principles and Standards can be found here. The Principles and Standards are the result of a successful collaboration between WorkCover WA and…Read More »

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CAS Service Update

Resumption of in-person conciliation conferences Conciliation and Arbitration Services will continue the staged return of in-person hearings from 12 July 2021 to include conciliation conferences. Final Arbitration hearings and Pre-Arbitration conferences will continue as in-person hearings. Unless otherwise directed by the conduct Arbitrator, all directions and interlocutory hearings remain telephone…Read More »

09
Seeking general practitioners for work-related mental health trial

Are you a doctor who sees patients with depression, anxiety or stress that has arisen as a result of work? WorkCover WA have joined Monash University as a research partner in supporting the implementation of a new NHMRC-funded Partnership trial, Implementing work-related Mental health guidelines in general PRactiCE (IMPRovE). Monash…Read More »

04
New WorkCover WA Board member

WorkCover WA is pleased to welcome Mr Richard Sellers to its Board, following his appointment as Director General of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety on 31 May 2021. Mr Sellers replaces Mr David Smith who has been a valuable Board member since July 2017. WorkCover WA recognises…Read More »

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Indexation of Workers’ Compensation Payments for 2021-22

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 2021/22 Schedule provides the list of indexed entitlements to…Read More »

04
WorkCover WA Educational Videos – Now in Bahasa Malaysia

When it comes to the rights, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders within the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme, it is essential that education is available and accessible to all WorkCover WA stakeholders. To support this effort, Workcover WA created a series of educational videos which are available on our…Read More »

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CAS Service Update

Changes to service delivery, Conciliation and Arbitration Services In light of the most recent COVID-19 lock down and the restrictions presently in place please note the following changes: The Arbitration Service’s planned resumption of face to face arbitration hearings from 1 May 2021 is postponed. The resumption of face to…Read More »

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Insurance Brokers Online Training Program Launch

WorkCover WA is excited to announce the launch an innovative insurance brokers online education program. Developed in partnership with the National Insurance Brokers Association WA and the Insurance Council of Australia WA, the education program consists of modules designed to inform and guide brokers’ knowledge of workers’ compensation and injury…Read More »

08
2021/22 Recommended Premium Rates

WorkCover WA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chris White, today made a media statement announcing a 4 per cent increase in the 2021/22 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia. The average recommended premium rate for 2021/22 will be 1.704 per cent of total wages (up from…Read More »

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Online education program for insurance brokers

WorkCover WA, in partnership with the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) WA, is pleased to announce the launch of an online education program, centred on the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme in Western Australia. Accredited by NIBA and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF),…Read More »

02
Noise induced hearing loss tests

It is important for employers to be aware of their obligations to arrange and pay for baseline and subsequent hearing tests for all workers in a prescribed “noisy” workplace. Employers are required to use testers approved by WorkCover WA and the testing environment and equipment must meet Australian Standards. Under…Read More »

01
COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – CHANGE TO ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE PHONE NUMBERS

With WA recording its recent COVID-19 community transmission, effective from 6pm Sunday 31st January 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area, Peel and South West regions will enter a 5-day lockdown period. Our Advice and Assistance team are on hand to help you and answer any…Read More »

20
Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice

Following the implementation of the Insurer and Self-insurer Principles and Standards of Practice on 1 July 2020, WorkCover WA seeks to provide a cohesive set of service expectations for workplace rehabilitation providers. Draft Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice have been developed in consultation with a Reference Group…Read More »

18
Changes to WorkCover WA Online Security 

Mandatory multi-factor authentication (MFA) has now been implemented in WorkCover WA Online. All users will be prompted to sign up for MFA when they log in to the system. MFA options include mobile and landline telephone numbers as a second factor. WorkCover WA Online can be accessed by clicking this…Read More »

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Reminder – WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 29, 30 and 31 December this year

With Christmas almost upon us, please be advised that WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 29, 30 and 31 December this year. Staff in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services Registry will be available during standard business hours to receive documents. The Advice and Assistance line will also remain open…Read More »

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WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 29, 30 and 31 December this year

WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 29, 30 and 31 December this year. We would encourage you to note the dates and be aware that a reduced number of staff in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services Registry will be available during standard business hours to receive documents. The Advice…Read More »

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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 2020. The amendments apply a 1.83 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index.  Click here to access current and archived medical and allied health fee schedules. 

06
Legislative changes (COVID-19) – effective 12 October 2020

Amendments to the Act and Regulations come into effect on 12 October 2020. The amendments address a small number of priority issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Establish a presumption of work-related injury for COVID-19 contracted by health care workers Discontinue the common law termination day Provide for a…Read More »

01
Safe Work Month – ‘Staying focused on workplace health and safety’.

While it’s important to acknowledge and reflect on the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers, WorkSafe and WorkCover WA wish to remind the Western Australian community, that the health and safety of Western Australian workplaces remains a priority, even during these unique times. WorkSafe has created…Read More »

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WorkCover WA Online security changes

From January 2021, Multi-factor authentication (MFA) will become mandatory for all WorkCover WA Online users. MFA and strengthened password requirements were implemented in the WorkCover WA Online system in December 2019 to improve the security of your online credentials and information. Registered users are currently able to opt-in to use…Read More »

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Injury Matters – 2020 WA Falls Report

Highlighting the incidence of falls in WA and the need for additional falls prevention initiatives, Injury Matters has released the 2020 WA Falls Report. The report’s findings indicate that on average a Western Australian dies every 26 hours, is hospitalised every 19 minutes, presents to an emergency department every 12…Read More »

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Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice – Reference Group Meeting 1

Following a consultative process and a call for expressions of interest, WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the reference group members overseeing the development of the Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice. The members are: Mr Stephen Psaila-Savona, Chair, WorkCover WA Ms Lisa Lange, representative of the Australian…Read More »

02
Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Regulations 2020

On 7 April 2020 and in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Director issued a Notice which enabled parties to lodge Memoranda of Agreement via e-mail. Section 92(f) Deeds and Common Law applications were able to be lodged via WorkCover WA Online (WCWA Online) from 22 June 2020. In order…Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Arbitration Amendment Rules 2020

Arbitration Services Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic online Arbitration services were progressed as a priority to facilitate remote document lodgement for all disputes and to ensure essential CAS functionality was available to stakeholders as soon as possible. The Arbitration online functionality was added to the existing WorkCover WA Online (WCWA…Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 Response Bill passes Parliament

A Bill to enable a presumption of work-related injury for health care workers who contract COVID-19 and claim workers’ compensation has been passed by the WA Parliament. The Bill also addresses a number of COVID-19 related barriers which impact on the WA workers’ compensation scheme. When proclaimed the Bill will:…Read More »

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Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice – Priority 5 and 6

Released today, part 6 of our Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice conversation series which explores Priority 5 – Scheme Regulation and Administration, and Priority 6 – Records Management. The Principles and Standards provide a cohesive set of insurer and self-insurer service expectations intended to ensure a fair…Read More »

04
Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice – Priority 4

Released today, part 5 of our Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice conversation series which explores Priority 4 – Underwriting. The Principles and Standards provide a cohesive set of insurer and self-insurer service expectations intended to ensure a fair workers’ compensation experience for workers and employers. To learn…Read More »

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Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice – Priority 3

Released today, part 4 of our Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice conversation series which explores Priority 3 – Injury Management. The Principles and Standards provide a cohesive set of insurer and self-insurer service expectations intended to ensure a fair workers’ compensation experience for workers and employers. To…Read More »

23
Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar

Unless COVID-19 restrictions are in place, the next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on 25 August 2020 from 9.30am to 11.30am at WorkCover WA in Shenton Park. These seminars are held quarterly to provide stakeholders with an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia, and…Read More »

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Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice

WorkCover WA CEO, Chris White released the Insurer and Self-insurer Principles and Standards of Practice on 1 July 2020. Together the Principles and Standards provide a cohesive set of service expectations to support insurers and self-insurers to provide high quality workers’ compensation services and experiences and safeguard the viability of…Read More »

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COVID-19 Response Bill 2020

The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Industrial Relations, introduced a Bill into Parliament on 24 June 2020 that amends the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 addresses a small number of priority issues in response to the…Read More »

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CAS Service Update – COVID-19 Bulletin

Settlements The Director Conciliation has issued an Updated Notice regarding electronic lodgement of Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) and section 92(f) Deeds (Deeds). The Notice permits parties to submit MOA documents in PDF format electronically via email to conciliation@workcover.wa.gov.au for the period of the State of Emergency which was declared in…Read More »

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CAS Service Update – COVID19 Bulletin

Conciliation and Arbitration Services continue uninterrupted via telephone conferences and hearings, and the lodgement of applications and documents via WorkCover WA Online. The logistical arrangements for conducting in-person conferences and hearings are being considered and the transition back to face to face interactions will commence as soon as it is…Read More »

05
Indexation of Workers’ Compensation Payments for 2020-21

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 2020/21 Schedule provides the list of indexed entitlements to…Read More »

04
COVID-19 Notice – JobKeeper and Wage Declarations

Employers are required to provide a wage declaration to their insurer when effecting or renewing a workers’ compensation insurance policy. A declaration of ‘estimated’ wages payable to workers is made for the relevant forthcoming period for new or renewed policies (usually annually). A declaration of ‘actual’ wages must also be…Read More »

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CAS Service Update – COVID19 Bulletin

Arbitration Documents can be Lodged Online from 20 April 2020 From 20 April 2020 Arbitration documents can be lodged via the Conciliation and Arbitration Services module (Online Module) of the WorkCover WA Online platform. In addition to existing functionality, the Online Module facilitates lodgement of Arbitration documents as well as…Read More »

08
Recommended Premium Rates 2020/21

WorkCover WA Chief Executive Officer Mr Chris White today made a media statement announcing a 0.4 per cent decrease in the 2020/21 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia. The average recommended premium rate for 2020/21 will be 1.638 per cent of total wages (down from…Read More »

06
COVID-19 CAS Services Update

Arbitration Arbitration services are continuing to operate. New applications for arbitration and/or documents in relation to existing matters can be lodged in hard copy whilst postal and courier services remain operational or by fax. The Registrar Arbitration has issued ‘Practice Note 4 – Lodging by Fax – Variation to Rule…Read More »

06
Security Software Update

WorkCover WA will undertake system maintenance during the Easter long weekend of Friday 10 to Monday 13 April 2020.  System notifications may be delayed during this period.  

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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claim Impacts

The impacts associated with government measures to address the spread of COVID-19 will affect how existing workers’ compensation claims are managed. The possible impacts on workers’ compensation arrangements may include: Impacts on existing claimants who are receiving compensation but may be restricted from returning to work Injury management and return…Read More »

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COVID-19 CAS Services Update

Conciliation Conciliation services are continuing uninterrupted via use of WorkCover WA online and telephone conferences. In most cases, an extension of 8 weeks will be approved by the Director Conciliation to assist parties to continue the conciliation process. Arbitration Arbitration services are continuing to operate. There is no facility to…Read More »

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COVID-19 Workers Compensation Information for Employers

Financial Capacity of Employers to Insure and Pay Compensation to Workers The economic impacts associated with government measures to address the spread of COVID-19 will materially affect the financial position of many employers. The possible impacts on workers’ compensation arrangements may include: Insurance premium costs where the size of the…Read More »

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Telehealth consultations

WorkCover WA recognises the challenges presented by COVID-19 for medical and allied health providers and their interactions with injured workers. To help minimise social contact and the demands currently placed on medical resources, the use of telehealth services are encouraged for consultations where direct patient contact and examination is not…Read More »

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Conciliation, Arbitration and COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public safety the WorkCover WA Conciliation Service and the WorkCover WA Arbitration Service will no longer be conducting in person conferences and hearings of any kind. All conferences and hearings will be conducted by telephone. Stakeholders are reminded to…Read More »

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COVID-19 Coverage of Injury & Disease

Contracting COVID-19 at work COVID-19 is compensable if, and only if, it has been contracted in the course of employment and the employment is a significant contributing factor to the contraction of the disease. As exposure to COVID-19 can occur in public settings, questions may arise as to the exact…Read More »

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Insurer and Self-Insurer Principles and Standards of Practice – Consultation period

WorkCover WA has conducted a review of the range of regulatory instruments used to monitor insurer and self-insurer performance in the WA workers’ compensation scheme. The review targeted performance in key areas of claims management, underwriting and administrative practice with the aim of developing clear, consistent, accessible and enforceable regulatory…Read More »

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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 25 February 2020 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Legislation and premium rates Claims process and…Read More »

07
New WorkCover WA chairperson appointed and board updates

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Industrial Relations has announced that Sharryn Jackson has been appointed as the new chairperson of WorkCover WA, effective from January 4, 2020 for a three-year term. Ms Jackson has broad experience in government and community services including extensive board governance and strategy experience…Read More »

06
Email system upgrades and changes to WorkCover WA Online security

WorkCover WA’s email system will be upgraded during the Christmas reduced services period between 27 December 2019 and 1 January 2020. All emails sent to WorkCover WA during this time should be copied (CC) to workcover@westnet.com.au. This email account will be monitored by WorkCover WA staff, in case of main…Read More »

03
Reminder – WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 30 and 31 December this year

WorkCover WA’s services will be limited on 27, 30 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 »

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16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women

The State Government’s annual campaign 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women will run again this year from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December. WorkCover WA is encouraging organisations, communities, families and individuals to…Read More »

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Principles of Practice for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

The Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities (HWCA) has endorsed new Principles of Practice for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers which are available on the HWCA website: http://www.hwca.org.au/nationally-consistent-approval-framework-workplace-rehabilitation-providers/ The Principles of Practice were developed following an extensive consultation process and are intended to guide workplace rehabilitation providers in the delivery of services to…Read More »

12
WorkCover WA Chief Executive Officer appointment

WorkCover WA is pleased to announce the Governor in Executive Council has approved the appointment of Mr Chris White as Chief Executive Officer, WorkCover WA for a five year term commencing 12 November 2019. Mr White has been acting in the position since January 2017 and has been with WorkCover…Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Scheme Trends Report now available

WorkCover WA’s annual Scheme Trends Report is now available to download and provides an excellent snapshot of key statistics and trends in the Western Australian workers’ compensation scheme. It covers topics including: claims lodgement and payments return to work injury management disputes claims by industry and occupation injury and disease…Read More »

04
WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 30 and 31 December this year

With Christmas fast approaching, it is important to note WorkCover WA will have reduced services on 27, 30 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 »

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The WorkCover WA Online Conciliation Service Module is Mandatory From 4 November 2019

The WorkCover WA Online Conciliation Service module (Conciliation module) has been available for use since 5 August 2019 and facilitates lodgement of an application for conciliation and supporting documents, as well as ongoing administrative management of a dispute. The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Conciliation Rules 2011 (Conciliation Rules) were…Read More »

22
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 2019. The amendments apply a 1.78 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 »

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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 26 November 2019 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Legislation and premium rates Claims process and…Read More »

03
October is Safe Work Month – ‘Be a Safety Champion’

This month is Safe Work Month and WorkCover WA is encouraging all workplaces to have a discussion with staff about the health benefits of an early and safe return to work for injured workers. Research shows the longer an injured worker is away from work, the less likely they are…Read More »

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WorkCover WA Annual Report 2018/19 tabled in Parliament

The WorkCover WA Annual Report 2018/19 was tabled in Parliament on 25 September 2019 by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; 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…Read More »

13
Streamline WA online portal launched in WA

The State Government has launched a Streamline WA online portal to provide a new tool for businesses, industry and the community to submit their ideas about improving regulation in Western Australia. The portal is a key component of the Streamline WA initiative launched in December 2018 which aims to identify,…Read More »

06
The WorkCover WA Online Conciliation Module is available for use

The WorkCover WA Online Conciliation Service module (Conciliation module) is now available and adds another service to those already available via the WorkCover WA Online platform. The Conciliation module facilitates lodgement of an application for conciliation and supporting documents, as well as ongoing administrative management of a dispute. The Workers’…Read More »

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Fact Sheet for Workers – Silicosis claims in the engineered stone benchtop industry

Research in Australia and overseas has found workers in the engineered stone benchtop industry can be exposed to levels of respirable crystalline silica which are hazardous to their health. Workers can be exposed to silica dust whilst dry cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing stone bench tops and during the installation…Read More »

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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 August 2019 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Legislation and premium rates Claims process and…Read More »

02
Conciliation Services Online from 5 August 2019

The WorkCover WA Online Conciliation module is due to go live on 5 August 2019 and will replace other methods for the lodgement and management of conciliation applications. In consultation with stakeholders, significant progress has been made in the last few months and the system administration functions are almost ready…Read More »

02
Consultation on the Principles for Practice for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

The Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities (HWCA) is inviting stakeholders to participate in the consultation on the DRAFT Principles for Practice for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers. These principles have been developed with the purpose of supporting Workplace Rehabilitation Providers in the delivery of services to individuals with a compensable injury. The DRAFT…Read More »

14
Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2019-2020

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2019. 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…Read More »

07
Guideline for work-related mental health conditions

Work-related mental health conditions are less prevalent than physical injuries, however, these conditions are typically challenging to diagnose and treat. The majority of injured workers seek care from their general practitioner (GP). In acknowledgment of these factors, the Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions…Read More »

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Indexation of Workers’ Compensation Payments for 2019-20

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 2019/20 Schedule provides the list of indexed entitlements to…Read More »

17
WorkCover WA Conference 2019 Wrap-Up

On 8 and 9 May 2019, Western Australia’s workers’ compensation and injury management community gathered to share knowledge and information on emerging trends and the future of workers’ compensation and injury management. The Conference provided a platform which highlighted current themes and trends in injury management and workers’ compensation, providing…Read More »

14
New occupational cancer e-learning module

In some Australian workplaces, employees are exposed to a diverse range of carcinogens at higher concentrations and for longer periods of time than the general public. It has been estimated that 3.6 million Australians are exposed to at least one carcinogen at work and approximately 5000 cancers each year are…Read More »

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Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

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 May 2019 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Legislation and…Read More »

09
2019/20 Recommended Premium Rates

WorkCover WA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Chris White today made a media statement announcing a 3.7 per cent increase in the 2019/20 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia. The average recommended premium rate for 2019/20 will be 1.645 per cent of total wages (up…Read More »

01
New Developments – Conciliation Service Is Moving Online

WorkCover WA’s Conciliation Service and Arbitration Service provide dispute resolution services to workers, employers and their insurers. The CAS registry handles huge volumes of paper to enable dispute related documents to be processed, recorded and provided to parties. Each year, more than 2000 applications for conciliation are filed by post,…Read More »

15
WorkCover WA Conference program released!

WorkCover WA is excited to announce the release of the program for the WorkCover WA Conference. The Conference will be held on 8 and 9 May 2019 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth. Click here to be the first to view the full program and speakers. The 2019 Conference theme…Read More »

11
Combating elder abuse

WorkCover WA is supporting the Department of Communities in raising awareness about the prevalence of elder abuse in Western Australia. Elder abuse is a community-wide issue that can have a long and lasting impact on older people, and affects up to 75,000 Western Australians.* The majority of cases reported in…Read More »

04
Review of specified diseases contracted by firefighters legislation

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2013 inserted Part III Division 4 –Specified diseases contracted by firefighters– into the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 – and came into operation on 13 November 2013. The legislative amendments provide a rebuttable presumption of work related exposure for firefighters…Read More »

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 19 February 2019 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Legislation and premium rates Claims process and…Read More »

03
Return to Work Conference 2019

The highly anticipated WorkCover WA Conference will take place on 8 and 9 May 2019 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth. The Conference theme ‘Facing Forward’ extends an injury management focus to broader themes relevant to workers’ compensation. Right now the Conference provides great value with early bird registration available….Read More »

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

The Workers’ Compensation (Legal Profession and Registered Agents) Costs Determination 2018 (the Costs Determination) was recently published in the Government Gazette and comes into operation on 1 January 2019. The Costs Determination governs the awarding of legal costs and agent services in the Workers’ Compensation Conciliation and Arbitration Services. The…Read More »

18
New educational video

WorkCover WA has released a new educational video for workers and employers focusing on Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). The video outlines information for workers if their hearing has been affected due to a noisy workplace. It also explains testing requirements of employers and the process for claiming compensation. The…Read More »

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 »

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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 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.

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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.

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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.