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Worker's distress deemed too "normal" for compensation

A Centrelink worker has been denied workers' compensation for her extreme mental distress, caused by a "demotion", with a tribunal classifying her condition as "normal mental functioning".


WHS duties on roads extend beyond licensing: chief judge

An employer's WHS duties to the operators of heavy vehicles, and the members of the public they encounter, go far beyond ensuring drivers are properly licensed, a recent superior court case involving a double fatality and a dozen WHS charges has shown.


Better claims management sees huge drop in AAT cases

Comcare's revised claims management approach has been "remarkably successful" in cutting the number of claims that go to the AAT for resolution, with matters on foot in the Tribunal dropping from more than 1,100 in 2017 to just 300 now, Comcare's acting CEO Aaron Hughes has told the Comcare National Conference.


Effective safety comes from the bottom up: Dekker

WHS managers should think more about building adaptive resilience in their safety systems, rather than continually writing new rules that have little impact on improving frontline safety, according to global safety expert Professor Sidney Dekker.


Twenty changes made to model WHS Act, other documents

The national model Work Health and Safety Act, Regulations and related materials have been amended to reflect a wide range of recommendations from Marie Boland's independent review of the laws. Some states have already adopted some of the changes, while other jurisdictions are likely to follow suit soon.


Reverse-onus WHS laws promised by new Labor Govt

Companies and officers accused of WHS breaches could bear the onus of proving they took all reasonably practicable steps to prevent an incident occurring, while the offence of industrial manslaughter will be added to the national model WHS Act, with Labor taking power in the Federal election on the weekend.


John Holland enters $1.2m WHS undertaking after fall

John Holland Pty Ltd has been granted permission to enter a $1.2 million enforceable undertaking in lieu of prosecution over a worker's seven-metre fall through a hole on a major infrastructure project, and will develop a freely available virtual reality app for identifying height risks.

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