From 1 July 2024, the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 transitioned to the new Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 2023 (the Act), modernising Western Australia’s Workers Compensation laws.

The Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 2023 requires all employers in Western Australia to have workers compensation insurance for employees. This insurance provides protection for employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses and helps cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages.

It is important to be aware that the penalties for failure to insure have increased significantly. As a business owner, now is the time to verify whether the business or subcontractors have appropriate insurance coverage.

What are the key changes and updates?

The new legislation introduces several important changes that businesses and employees need to be aware of to ensure compliance and optimal workplace safety.

Enhanced Coverage and Protections

The new Act provides broader coverage for employees, ensuring more workers are eligible for compensation in the event of a work-related injury or illness. Protections have also been strengthened to support employees returning to work after an injury, promoting a safer and more inclusive workplace.

Increased Penalties for Non-Compliance

Businesses that fail to secure adequate workers’ compensation insurance will face significantly higher penalties. It is now more critical than ever for employers to ensure that the business and subcontractors are fully covered by appropriate insurance policies.

Improved Injury Management Practices

The Act emphasises the importance of proactive injury management and rehabilitation. Employers are now required to implement and maintain comprehensive injury management programs to support affected workers.

What steps do employers need to take?

Review and update insurance coverage

Employers should ensure the business and any subcontractors are fully compliant with the new insurance requirements by verifying that employees’ compensation insurance policies are up to date and provide adequate coverage.

Educate and train your team

Employers should inform employees about the changes in the new Act and how it affects any rights and responsibilities. Additionally, conducting training sessions to familiarise employees with the updated claims process and injury management protocols is essential.

Implement robust injury management programs

Employers should develop and maintain comprehensive injury management and return-to-work programs, ensuring that all managers and supervisors are trained in best practices for injury management and support.

By taking these steps, business owners can ensure compliance with the new Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 2023 and create a safer, more supportive environment for employees.

Helpful links to WorkCover WA

Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 2023

Workers Compensation and Injury Management Regulations 2024

If you have any questions or need assistance with compliance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. We are here to help you navigate these changes and ensure your business is fully prepared.

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