Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Licence granted
At the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation (SRC) Commission meeting on 29 November 2017, the Commission discussed matters regarding the University’s self-insurance licence application and on 4 December 2017 the Commission formally granted the licence with a commencement date of 1 July 2018.
In making the decision, the Commission was satisfied that:
- ANU has sufficient resources to fulfil the responsibilities imposed upon it under the licence;
- ANU has the capacity to ensure that claims will be managed in accordance with standards set by the Commission;
- The grant of the licence will not be contrary to the interests of the employees of ANU whose affairs fall within the scope of the licence; and
- ANU has the capacity to meet the standards set by Commission for the rehabilitation and occupational health and safety of its employees.
How will workers’ compensation claims be managed?
From 1 July 2018, the University will be responsible for managing claims. ANU contracted Comcare to assist us in delivering this service to our staff. Three Comcare staff, including two claims management officers have been co-located within the Work Environment Group (WEG) as of 29 January 2018 to facilitate the transition to self-insurance.
How will the transition to self-insurance improve our services?
Moving to a self-insurance model allows the University to re-invest funds, into work health and safety (WHS) prevention and early intervention initiatives to improve our safety culture.