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How a duty of care applies differently to officers and managers

Workplace health & safety regulations

“As an officer, you have a duty under WHS laws to look for ways to lead on WHS matters.” - Safe Work Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Michelle Baxter

By Michael Selinger on February 14th, 2019

Unusual office injury results in $1.1 million payout for worker

Workers' Compensation

It is your legal duty to provide a safe and healthy workplace. If you cannot show that you have taken every step necessary to do this, you could face a similar claim.

By Portner Press on February 7th, 2019

Your questions answered: How risky is it to hire someone with a pre-existing injury?

Workers' Compensation

Q: Are we putting our organisation at risk of a possible future workers’ compensation claim by hiring someone with a pre-existing injury?

By Portner Press on February 7th, 2019

Workers’ private medical records: When are they NOT private?

Workers' Compensation

Workers seeking compensation for a work-related injury or illness do not have an automatic right to privacy of intimate medical records.

By Portner Press on February 1st, 2019

Rule-breaking smoker wins compensation for SELF-IMPOSED injury

Fire, Emergency & Incidents

A McDonald’s worker, who broke her leg after she used the restaurant’s rooftop to take a smoking break, has won a workers’ compensation claim upon appeal.

By Portner Press on January 24th, 2019

Principal contractors in ACT now obligated to consult with unions


If you are involved in a construction project in the ACT worth more than $5,000,000, you need to be aware of new consultation obligations from 1 Jan 2019.

By Portner Press on January 22nd, 2019

Employer found liable for out-of-work sport injury, made to pay workers’ comp

Workers' Compensation

A DHS worker who was denied workers’ compensation for a sport injury she sustained outside of work, has successfully won her claim at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

By Portner Press on January 18th, 2019

Can you trust a carpal tunnel compensation claim?

Workers' Compensation

A former Australia Post employee has won a workers’ compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome, following an Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing.

By Portner Press on January 8th, 2019

The $50,000 difference between a reckless or negligent officer

Workplace health & safety regulations

In a recent Victorian Court of Appeal decision, the issue of what constitutes ‘reckless conduct’, as distinct from mere ‘negligence’, was an important factor in reducing the penalty imposed on a structural engineering company and its sole director.

By Michael Selinger on December 12th, 2018

Victoria to introduce biggest health and safety fine ever

Workplace health & safety regulations

The re-elected Victorian Labor state government promised to increase the maximum work health and safety penalty to up to $16,119,000 for businesses.

By Portner Press on December 11th, 2018