- Modernise employer obligations on return to work by requiring certain types of employers to appoint return to work coordinators; and
- Improve the relevant regulator’s capacity to fulfil its employer-focused compliance and enforcement role by aligning inspector right of entry and workplace powers with the power already available to the inspectorate under the related Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT).
- Workers’ compensation certificates of currency will be valid for up to 12 months; and
- you only need to notify yours workers’ compensation insurer if the wages you pay during an insurance period increase by more than $500,000 (this must be done in writing no later than 30 days after the insurance period has ended).
ACT residents who wish to obtain a dangerous goods driver licence will need to attain new requirements: TLILIC0001 – Licence to transport dangerous goods by road. The training will also need to be approved or recognised by the competent authority in the State or Territory where the training took place.
These requirements apply to dangerous goods driver training if it was delivered to an ACT resident in any State or Territory from 1 September 2017. If you completed your dangerous goods driver training before 1 September 2017, you will not be subject to the new requirements, by the regulator says residents must apply for the dangerous goods driver licence within six months of the date of their training.
The Access Canberra website contains a list of training providers who currently hold approval or recognition from the ACT competent authority at www.act.gov.au/dgdriverlicence.
For further information contact ACT Dangerous Substances Licensing unit on 13 22 81 or email DangerousSubstances@act.gov.au. www.worksafe.act.gov.au
The Workers Compensation Amendments Act 2016 (ACT) (Amendments Act) amends the Workers Compensation Act 1951 (ACT).
The main objectives of the Amendments Act are to:
The Amendment Act has partially commenced. The remainder of the Act commences 31 May 2016.
For more information about the Amendment Act go to – www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2016-8/default.asp
Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Scheme
Worksafe ACT has amended the worker’s compensation scheme, which is expected to result in 70,000 fewer administrative transactions per year.
The changes mean that from now on: