Preparing for the Upcoming WA Workers Comp Changes as an Employer or PCBU

So what steps should you take as an employer or PCBU, in preparation for the upcoming WA Workers Compensation and Injury Management 2023 Act changes? ????

Review your policies & procedures

  • Take the time to thoroughly review and update existing workers compensation policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with the new legislation.
  • Revise return-to-work programs and injury management processes to align with changes to compensation payments and medical expense coverage.

Assess Financial Impact

  • Contact your Insurance broker to discuss potentinal changes to your policies

Enhance Compliance Measures

  • Ensure you understand your obligations to avoid penalties for non-compliance.
  • Strengthen record-keeping practices to maintain accurate documentation of injuries, claims, and return-to-work programs.

Provide Training & Education

  • Conduct comprehensive training sessions for managers, supervisors, and human resources personnel to ensure a thorough understanding of your obligations as an employer under the new legislation.
  • Educate employees about the changes, their rights, and responsibilities under the new Act.

Seek Professional Guidance and Support

  • Consult with legal professionals, industry associations, or workers’ compensation experts to clarify any ambiguities and ensure clear understanding and a smooth transition to the new legislative framework.
  • Consider engaging health and safety consultants to assist with policy reviews, risk assessments, and compliance strategies.

By taking a proactive approach, employers can minimise disruptions, mitigate potential risks, and foster a safe and compliant work environment under the new workers’ compensation laws in Western Australia.

Need support when it comes to managing your safety compliance? Reach out to the SHEQ Team to find out how we can assist your organisation⛑️