Businesses in Sydney Road will be the focus of WorkSafe Victoria’s week-long blitz on uninsured employers.
Starting October 22, WorkSafe will visit businesses in and around Sydney Road to make sure they are performing their workplace insurance obligations.
WorkSafe’s Director of Premium , Leanne Hughson highlighted the importance of employers’ mandatory premium payments.
“By making sure all employers pay the appropriate premium, we can continue to enforce the highest standards in workplace safety in Australia and guarantee every ill or injured Victorian worker has proper access to their entitlements,” said Ms Hughson.
Because of compliance checks, WorkSafe was able to collect more than $ 800,000 in unpaid insurance premiums and associated penalties last financial year.
MS Hughson said ignorance is not an excuse for not paying the correct WorkSafe insurance premium.
“If employers are confused about their obligations, they should seek help from WorkSafe’s Advisory Service. It’s never too late to start complying and doing so can significantly reduce long-term penalties and costs,” she said.
“Workers are entitled to compensation in the event of a workplace accident or illness, irrespective of whether their employer holds a policy.
“However, WorkSafe will impose penalties on that employer to recover the cost of benefits paid to the injured worker.”
Further information on WorkSafe insurance obligations can be obtained by calling the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089.