Safety

Labor has WHS law changes high on their agenda.

The party has promised to review and update the current laws, which were last reviewed in 2001. The aim is to make sure that the laws are up to date and fit for purpose and has said that they mean to make changes to the way WHS laws are enforced in Australia.

Global health and safety

The workplace accident is one of the most frequent circumstances that exist, in fact, according to the International Labor Organisation, almost 1 million accidents of this type occur every day, around the world.

COVID-19 related workers

Safe Work Australia (SWA) has published a snapshot of coronavirus (COVID-19) related workers compensation claims data, up to 31 July 2020. Collected from the relevant Commonwealth, state and territory workers compensation authorities, the data reveals that 533 workers compensation claims related to COVID-19 were lodged in Australia. Of those claims, 34% related to the mental health impacts of COVID-19. Additionally, 34% of the claims lodged were from the healthcare and social assistance industry, while 17% of the claims came from the public administration and safety industry. The ‘community and personal service workers’ occupation has the highest number of workers compensation claims.

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