Victoria’s workers compensation average insurance premium rate will remain at 1.338% of employers’ remuneration for the next financial year.
WorkSafe’s chair, Elana Rubin, said the average premium remained Australia’s second lowest and the lowest ever average premium rate in Victoria having dropped from 2.22% of remuneration a decade ago.
“Reducing the number of injuries each year and encouraging employers and injured workers to look at early, safe and sustainable return to work opportunities are central to bringing down costs,” Ms Rubin said.
“WorkSafe is committed to reducing premium if there is a sustainable reduction in the cost of running the scheme, but safety improvements must be driven by the community, particularly those in a position to influence performance in a business.”
Industries with a high rate of injuries and a poor return to work record pay a higher premium than those with a good record.
For small businesses premium is based on the industry in which they operate.
For larger businesses, premium is calculated using a mix of the relevant industry performance and the claims performance of the employer. Larger employers with a good claims record get a premium discount compared with similar employers in their industry which do not perform as well.
WorkSafe media enquiries: Rosanna Bonaccurso 0478 305 640
Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.