Monthly Archives: September 2015

Transition To The New Premium Scheme

Ready For ChangeThe majority of medium to large NSW businesses are yet to receive their 2015/16 Premium Renewals calculated under the new formula. These business are yet to therefore see the impacts the 30 June 2015 NSW scheme changes will have on their business. With the workers compensation insurers currently anticipating to commence releasing the 2015/16 premium renewals next week, we are recommending businesses should prepare for this transition.

In the short term, many businesses will be facing higher workers compensation premiums than they previously paid. We recommend businesses subsequently should shift their focus to understanding how to minimise the financial and people impacts of these changes longer term. ABILITY GROUP has been busy working with clients and brokers in preparation and for a transition plan and further information

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Safety Reminder Fines Apply

Reminder Safety FirstActively promoting workplace safety is an important ABILITY GROUP function. At times we unfortunately need to manage tragic consequences of workplace accidents. Businesses that adopt a safety first approach are making an important step towards avoiding accidents and injuries. A court recently found a leading Australian paper manufacturer liable for the death of an employee fining them $400,000.

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Claim RTW Success

Claim & Rehab SuccessAfter identifying a client’s claim had deteriorated, we explained that the lost wages under the new workers compensation formula would result in material increases in their next 3 premiums. After subsequently being engaged to manage the claim, our Senior Injury Management Specialist identified key strategies, including engaging specialist rehabilitation support which returned the injured worker 4 weeks ahead of schedule.

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WorkCover Becomes 3 New Organisations

NSW WorkCover ChangesOn 1 September 2015, the regulatory and insurance functions of WorkCover NSW are assumed by 3 new discrete organisations. State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) for workers compensation regulation, SafeWork NSW for work health and safety regulation and Insurance and Care NSW (icare) for workers compensation insurance. Following the 30 June 2015 scheme changes, these new changes are aligned with making the NSW Workers Compensation scheme more commercially focused and aligned with needs.

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