You may be penalised for doing the wrong thing
WorkSafe's penalty provisions are designed to encourage employers to comply with their WorkCover insurance obligations and to promote equity through the potential implications of premium avoidance.
Employers are required to exercise reasonable care and make full and true disclosures to their WorkCover Agent and WorkSafe regarding their insurance.
There are severe penalties that may apply if WorkSafe believes that incorrect information has been supplied with the deliberate intent of reducing the amount of premium payable.
What if I know of other employers who I believe are not paying the correct premium?
If you have information in relation to an employer that you suspect is not meeting their obligations, please contact WorkSafe.
What happens if you make a mistake
WorkSafe understands that employers can make genuine mistakes when supplying information for WorkCover insurance purposes.
The Premium Compliance program assists employers in paying their fair share of premium and helps to improve employers’ understanding of their obligations, how to calculate their premium accurately, and reduces the likelihood of mistakes.
If you identify that you have made a mistake in the information provided to calculate your WorkCover insurance premium during an audit then making the auditor aware of the mistake will minimise any penalty that may be applied. If you identify a mistake at any other time, you must inform your agent and have your premium recalculated.
Ways WorkSafe encourages compliance
- Communication and guidance
WorkSafe provides a number of notices and statements to help employers understand the premium system.
- Employer self-assessment
- Audit and investigation
- Targeted programs