WorkCover NSW

By: March 29, 2014 Comments
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WorkCover Authority Of NSW

The WorkCover Authority of New South Wales is a government entity that regulates workplace safety concerns.

What Does The WorkCover Authority Of NSW Do?

The WorkCover Authority of NSW is primarily responsible for administering both the Work Health and Safety Act of 2011 and the Workers Compensation Act of 1986. It does this by designating codes of practice for the workplace and also investigating businesses that have been accused of engaging in unsafe activities. It also provides licenses to businesses intend on conducting high-risk activities. The most important thing the agency does is manage the NSW workers compensation scheme.

What Is The NSW Workers Compensation Scheme?

The scheme is a compulsory insurance policy that protects employees who are injured while in the workplace. It provides them with compensation in the form of financial support and medical bill payment. It is funded by premiums that must be paid by the employer. The dollar value of the premium is determined by factors like the following:

  • The nature of the business.
  • The wages earned by employees.
  • The number of previous claims lodged against the employer.
  • Any relevant government levies.

The benefit of getting this policy and paying the premium is that the employer gets covered for all compensation owned to workers. This compensation comes in the form of weekly payments, lump sum payments and the payment of medical bills. Plus, employers can be severely penalized for not obtaining this compulsory insurance.

Workers themselves also face some responsibility. In particular, they must report any and all injuries immediately to their employer so that the details pertaining to the injury can officially be recorded. Otherwise, their claim for compensation could ultimately be denied. If the worker wins the claim, he or she will then be rewarded with weekly payments.

What Are The Codes Of Practices?

The codes of practice enforced by the WorkCover Authority of NSW pertain to the practice of workplace safety, the identifying of workplace hazards and the management of workplace risks.

Note that a violation of a code of practice cannot be used to prosecute an employer.

Rather, the inspector can issue a prohibition notice and provide an opportunity for the employer to remedy the situation.

Below is a list of the types of conditions and scenarios covered by the codes of practice:

  • Work conducted in small spaces.
  • Work involving Hazardous manual tasks.
  • Work involving asbestos.
  • Work involving the risk of falls.
  • Work involving hazardous chemicals.
  • Proper Application Of First Aid
  • Proper Management Of Electrical Risks
  • Proper Spray Painting/Coating Techniques
  • Proper Welding Techniques
  • Proper Abrasive Blasting Techniques

What Type Of Licensing Is Offered?

WorkCover Authority of NSW issues licenses for a variety of high-risk activities, including some of the ones listed below:

  • Asbestos Removal
  • Demolition Work
  • Explosives/Fireworks
  • Cranes
  • Dogging
  • Digging
  • Scaffolding
  • Forklifts
  • Hoists
  • Boilers
  • Reach Stackers

WorkCover also regulates the distribution of certificates like the construction induction card and national certifications of competency. Employers wanting to engage in any of these high-risk activities must obtain a permit, notify WorkCover, register any relevant equipment and obtain the appropriate license or certificate. Not doing this could cause an employer to face steep penalties.

Useful WorkCover Authority Tools

The website for the WorkCover Authority of NSW contains a bevy of very useful resources that might prove of worth to the residents of New South Wales:

Reporting An Accident
This page offers all the information and forms needed for a resident of NSF to report an accident and file a claim.

Workers Compensation Dispute
This page allows employers to dispute claims for workers compensation benefits.

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