Strategy group established to facilitate harmonised workers’ compensation laws

SAFE Work Australia has agreed to establish a Strategic Issues Group on Workers’ Compensation to facilitate the development of harmonised workers compensation laws.

SAFE Work Australia has agreed to establish a Strategic Issues Group on Workers’ Compensation to facilitate the development of harmonised workers compensation laws.

According to SAFE Work Australia, the Strategic Issues Group on Workers’ Compensation (SIG-Workers’ Compensation) will guide and advise on the overall strategic planning and policy development for harmonisation of workers’ compensation arrangements.

The role of the SIG—Workers’ Compensation group includes:

• providing advice on the identification and assessment of strategic issues that will improve national workers’ compensation arrangements across jurisdictions

• providing advice on the development and resolution of issues relating to national workers’ compensation policy for employers with operations in more than one jurisdiction

• providing advice on the development and implementation of the National Workers’ Compensation Action Plan, and

• developing, harmonising and continuously enhancing national comparative information on workers’ compensation arrangements. S

SAFE Work Australia says it is also organising a National Workers’ Compensation Forum to be held on 30 to 31 March 2010.

The authority claims workers’ compensation stakeholders and experts will be invited to participate in shaping the national action plan.

SAFE Work Australia members and the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council will formally consider the action plan later in 2010.

For more information go to http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/swa/NewsEvents/MediaReleases/CommuniqueSafeWorkAustraliaMeeting02.htm