Workshops highlight simpler workers compensation laws

Understanding the benefits of the new Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act) will be one of the key topics at employer education workshops being held across Victoria from this week.
News article published

Tuesday 10 Jun 2014

Industries and topics
  • Insurance
  • Return to work

Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove, said the workshops, conducted by the VWA in partnership with the AiGroup and VECCI, will help employers understand their rights, obligations and responsibilities under the WIRC Act, which comes into effect from 1 July 2014.

“There has been overwhelming support for the workshops,” Ms Cosgrove said. “More than 1200 businesses from across Victoria have already signed up to attend.”

As well as the WIRC Act, the workshops will also provide information and advice on:

  • How our Inspectors can help employers understand their roles and responsibilities;
  • Getting the most out of your relationship with your agent;
  • Top seven tips for best practice return to work; and
  • Accepting liability and paying claims.

The WIRC Act fulfills the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to combine the 30-year-old Accident Compensation Act 1985 and the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993 into a single Act that is simpler and easier to use for both employers and employees.

The new legislation maintains all existing workers compensation benefits for injured workers and their families under one simplified Act that makes it easier to do business in Victoria. It also continues to cover compensation, rehabilitation, return to work, WorkCover insurance and premiums.

“While the workshops were designed to help employers understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to workers compensation, learning how to maximise the benefits of the new Act would be of particular interest,” Ms Cosgrove said.

“These workshops will help employers understand the features of the WIRC Act, particularly how it will help reduce the regulatory burden associated with workers compensation legislation.

“It is a major improvement for Victorian workplaces to have workers compensation legislation that is simplified and presented in a way that makes it easier to understand and therefore more accessible for everyone.”

The breakfast workshops run from 7.30am to 9.00am and will be held in:

  • Preston - 10 June
  • Ringwood - 11 June
  • Dandenong - 12 June
  • Shepparton - 17 June
  • Ballarat - 18 June
  • Geelong - 19 June
  • Mildura - 20 June
  • Warrnambool - 24 June
  • Traralgon - 25 June
  • Sunshine - 26 June
  • Bendigo - 1 July
  • Melbourne CBD - 3 July