Average WorkCover premium cut of 7.5%
As a result of reforms to WorkCover announced in June 2012, employers have avoided a premium hike of 28 percent.
The NSW Government’s WorkCover reforms have resulted in an average reduction to WorkCover premiums of 7.5 percent.
“As a result of reforms to WorkCover announced in June last year, employers have avoided a premium hike of 28 per cent, which would have cost more than 12,000 jobs,” Barry O’Farrell, NSW Premier, states. “The NSW Government’s actions to fix WorkCover mean no employer will receive a base rate increase in 2013 and businesses will save an average of 7.5 percent on premiums.
“Our changes have made the system fairer and have provided more generous payments to severely injured workers, as well as giving incentives to businesses to improve workplace safety. The NSW Government’s WorkCover reforms are reducing the cost of doing business in NSW, delivering a stronger economy and creating more jobs,” O’Farrell adds.
According to Finance and Services Minister, Greg Pearce, the NSW Government’s WorkCover reforms mean better care for injured workers, lower premiums and the protection of jobs.
“More than 167,000 employers across 364 industries have improved safety performance in the workplace and will receive a premium rate reduction from 30 June 2013,” Pearce states. “We have reduced red tape, freeing up businesses to grow and provided better support for injured workers to help them safely return to work sooner.”
Pearce notes that while the average reduction to premiums is 7.5 percent, under the NSW Government’s changes businesses can save even more.
The following incentives have been introduced to encourage employers across the state to keep their workplaces safe and to return their injured employees to work:
- a 10 percent Employer Safety Incentive (ESI) premium discount will be offered at each policy renewal for the small employers in the scheme
- a Return to Work Incentive for employers who have an injury within the workplace (the employer can retain the ESI discount provided injured workers return to work within 13 weeks)
- the discount for paying the premium in full by the due date has increased to 5 percent, giving more back to employers who renew their policy on time; and
- additional reductions due to changes to the definition of ‘small business’.
“The new scheme will provide long-term financial stability for business and their workers, encourage job growth and return the Workers Compensation Scheme to the black – which is good news for all NSW taxpayers,” Pearce concludes.