Facts and figures
With more than a third of Australia's entire economic output coming from NSW, the work we do to make workplaces safe is very important.
In 2013/2014, we:
- conducted free advisory visits in workplaces
- conducted workshops, presentations, expos and events
- made workplace inspections
- provided millions of dollars to industry groups to fund education, training and development projects in workplace safety and injury management
- provided payments and rebates to NSW businesses and employers, employer associations, trade unions and not-for-profit training organisations (among others) to make workplaces safer
- sponsored events in rural and remote communities to spread the safety message
In addition, the Mentoring Program facilitated relationships between small and large businesses to provide practical advice and assistance on workplace safety.
The NSW Workers Compensation Scheme provides protection for over 266,000 employers and workers.
Workers compensation insurance
Premium rates for policy period 2014-2015 have been reduced by an average of five per cent and apply to policies that start or renew on or after 4pm on 30 June 2014.
We receive more than $2.5 billion in workers compensation premiums each year.
Work related injuries and illnesses
Over 100,000 work related injuries and illnesses are reported to us each year. Sadly, a small percentage of those workers are fatally injured in the course of their employment. We support the International Day of Mourning to help remember those lost on the job.
Our information center receives over 200,000 calls and 10,000 emails each year.
Our Claims Assistance Service manages around 10,000 workers compensation related matters a year.
Over 200,000 licences, notifications, certificates and permits are issued each year.
We are one of Australia's largest insurance businesses, responsible for more than $10.5 billion under funds under management.
Safety prosecutions and workers compensation fraud
Each year we carry out multiple, successful prosecutions of employers or people carrying out a business, or workers, who have breached WHS laws or who have defrauded the Workers Compensation Scheme.
The WorkCover Annual Report provides information on our achievements in improving workplace safety, injury management and return to work outcomes and workers compensation provision in NSW.
We administers and provide advice on the:
- Explosives Act 2003
- Rural Workers Accommodation Act 1969
- Sporting Injuries Insurance Act 1978
- Work Health and Safety Act 2011
- Workers Compensation Act 1987
- Workers Compensation (Bush Fire, Emergency and Rescue Services) Act 1987
- Workers Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942
- Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998
- Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2008 (with the Office of Environment and Heritage)