Changes from 1 July 2010
From 1 July 2010, WorkCover have announced that there will no longer be a bonus/penalty scheme.
From 1 July 2010, WorkCover have announced that the average levy rate has been reduced to 2.75%
What does this mean for employers?
All employers will now pay levies in accordance with their industry classification rate.
There will be no incentive bonus of 30% for employers who have strived to ensure that their workplace is safe, to minimise injuries with resulting low workers compensation claims costs.
Employers who have been in bonus and have received up to 30% discount will no longer be eligible to receive this from 1 July 2010. Accordingly for those employers the levy costs to WorkCover will increase.
Can anything be done?
It may be wise to have your levy rate reviewed to ensure that your business is paying the correct industry classification rate.
Also there may be an opportunity for some relief in accordance with Section 67 of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986.
This section of the act enables WorkCover to grant a remission if it is satisfied that an employer has:
- Been able to reduce the incidence of injuries in the workplace
- Minimised claims costs
- Been proactive in the rehabilitation of disabled workers
- Maintains employment or re employment of injured workers
Please also note that WorkCover can also impose a supplementary levy if it is not satisfied that an employer has not complied with the above.
Business SA can assist with this and any other WorkCover issues including reviewing any existing claims and ensuring that you are compliant with the legislation.
If you require assistance, please contact Business SA on (08) 8300 0103.