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Annual Report 2020-2021, Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Advisory Council



Annual Report 2020-2021, Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Advisory Council

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Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Advisory Council Annual Report 2020-2021 7 3 February 2021 2 March 2021 14 April 2021 The Committee considered the following recommendations from the Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety in the Northern Territory: Recommendation 4: That an Injured Workers and Family Forum be established, actively supported, and consulted by both NT WorkSafe and the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council. Recommendation 5: That NT WorkSafe develop a more effective system to ensure that the families and victims of fatalities are supported, modelled on best practice used by police services. Findings and recommendations will be sent to the Minister by the Chairs of both councils for the Ministers consideration. Review into Premium Increases for small businesses The WRCAC formed a working group in 2019 to seek to ascertain if there is relevance to the concerns in relation to employer premiums being increased greater than 75% on renewal. The Council requested the working group to expand the scope of work to explore mechanisms that could be made available for employers whose premium increased above 75% on renewal. Membership of the working group for 2020-2021 comprised of: Ms Cathy Spurr (Chair) Mr Brett Hagan Ms Peggy Cheong Ms Kerry Barnaart The working group met on one occasion during 2020-2021. A report was presented to the Council on the mechanisms explored. As a result of this report, the council voted for the Chair to write to the Minister recommending that the Government investigate whether the Scheme, not as a whole, but in relation to small business and premium increases are fair, affordable, efficient and effective in accordance with section 2(c)(i) of the Return to Work Act 1986.