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Insurance Banned for WHS Fines

The Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2020 (NSW) passed through the NSW Upper House on 4th June 2020 and was assented to (became law) on 10th June 2020. This Bill introduced a raft of new amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act) and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (NSW). One particularly significant change…

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FOUR CORNERS PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON NSW & VIC WORKERS COMP SCHEMES

A joint Four Corners investigation with The Age (In Melbourne) and Sydney Morning Herald has found the schemes in Victoria and NSW are facing significant financial troubles. The investigation has revealed concerns that an underpayment scandal at the country’s biggest provider, icare in NSW, could cost up to $80 million — double what had been originally reported and the State…

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The risk of change in the COVID-19 era

As we come to term with our life now known as “the new normal” we acknowledge that many things have changed in a hurry. When change occurs fast, there is more chance for things to be missed, not thought through or just go wrong. Consider the reputational damage from the poorly thought through Krispy Kreme promotion, or the challenges of…

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First Conviction for Industrial Manslaughter

Industrial manslaughter has been gradually introduced to safety legislation across various jurisdictions in recent years in response to high profile incidents such as the Dreamworld tragedy. The introduction of this offence in the legislation raises the bar significantly should an offence occur and a PCBU or an officer is found to be negligent and a death of a worker results….

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Cyber Threat highlighted by recent attacks

Just when you think there are enough challenges for businesses at the moment, this week beverage giant Lion shutdown its IT systems causing delays to production and supply due to a targeted cyber-attack.  This follows closely on from similar attacks impacting Toll logistics, Bluescope Steel, and the NSW Government. This threat became very real for our own business recently due…

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COVID Safe Plans… no longer a good idea, now a requirement

Scott Morrison recently announced the 3 step plan for relaxing isolation measures and re-opening the economy.  In most states, the first steps in enacting this plan have now been taken. Restricted opening of venues and staged return to schools has allowed many businesses to start thinking about the future. What is also clear in the COVIDSafe Australia Framework is the…

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PM Scott Morrison says it’s time to get Australians back to work after coronavirus shutdown…but, how do we do this safely?

Mr. Morrison said another national cabinet meeting this Friday (7 May) will provide a consistent approach to reopening the economy across the states and territories. To support this, new workplace safety protocols have been released by SafeWork Australia (SWA) to guide businesses out of the coronavirus pandemic. The measures are industry-specific, dividing the economy into 23 industry sectors to provide…

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Planning for an Outbreak – What You Can Learn From Ruby Princess

In recent weeks we have been contacted by a range of clients requesting support to document pandemic scenario continuity plans. Customers are looking for certainty in their supply chains that food and beverage manufacturers are prepared to handle a likely second wave  COVID-19 outbreak. A crisis plan to handle an outbreak looks very different from a typical Business Continuity Plan…

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About Risk Assessing COVID-19

The response needs to be swift in implementing controls to manage this new workplace risk. Failing to do so could expose you to a range of consequences, to mandated shutdowns, loss of trust from key stakeholders such as staff and customers, and loss of customer contracts. Traditional Approach Out – Here’s What to Do. A more traditional approach to a…

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Meeting your COVID-19 Officer Obligations

The health and safety of employees Officers have an obligation to ensure the safety, health and welfare of their workers and others for the business undertaking they are responsible for. This obligation hasn’t been relaxed by the current government changes and clearly COVID-19 is a hazard to workers. This means it is imperative that as an employer, you have a COVID-19 plan in place to ensure you reasonably…

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