Browsing: Workers' comp legislation, regulations, standards and codes (NSW)


"Superior" compensation announced for vaccine injuries

After successfully pushing for presumptive workers' compensation and death benefits for prescribed workers who contract COVID-19, the NSW Greens have announced laws creating a "far superior scheme" than the Federal Government's new no-fault vaccine claims process.


Are employers liable for vaccine-reaction injuries?

Icare NSW has revealed circumstances where workers who suffer adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines could be eligible for workers' compensation, while the State Government has announced legislation to improve the workers' comp system and clarify the powers of its WHS regulator and other bodies.


New WHS team; COVID-related injury clause; and more

  • New Comcare team to target major infrastructure projects;
  • COVID-related workers' comp clause extended in NSW; and
  • Mobile phone crackdown coming to Vic.

New psychological injury management standards set

In a move that should influence the workplace management of psychological injuries, a regulator has amended its expectations of insurers to require an empathetic response to psychological injury claims and the identification of any safety risks posed by recovery-at-work arrangements.


Workplace ventilation reduces COVID risks; and more

  • Workplace ventilation strategies reduce COVID-19 risks;
  • Non-seatbelt use linked to multiple work deaths every year; and
  • Rules made for NSW's new Personal Injury Commission.

WHS information sharing laws pass; and more

Information-exchange laws that help WHS regulators target employers exposing workers to existing and emerging occupational health risks have passed NSW Parliament, with important amendments. NSW has also made regulations for injured workers whose earnings are affected by COVID-19.


Workplace COVID-19 flaws; New Regulations; and more

  • Workers in COVID-19 hotspots report serious safety flaws;
  • New regulations underpin COVID-19 protections in NSW; and
  • National safety month to focus on coronavirus.

COVID-19 transition plans; Injury dispute Bill; and more

  • COVID-19 transition plans must cover WHS and critical functions;
  • ACT seeks to boost workers' mental health in pandemic; and
  • NSW introduces Bill for new work injury dispute system.

COVID-19 protections for work victims pass Parliament

NSW's new emergency-measures legislation for COVID-19 has been amended to provide presumptive workers' compensation and death benefits to workers across multiple industries diagnosed with the virus. Other jurisdictions have been urged to follow suit.


WHS enforcement policy for COVID-19; and much more

  • SafeWork NSW issues WHS enforcement statement for COVID-19;
  • Workers complain of poor coronavirus controls;
  • Enforce social distancing at meal breaks, employers told;
  • WHSQ, NHVR and ONRSR issue COVID-19 updates; and
  • Presumptive workers' comp Bill covers workers with COVID-19.

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