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Changes to the Accident Payment Provisions in the Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010

On 26 September 2018 the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision to reduce accident pay entitlements for coal mine workers from 78 weeks to 52 weeks, as contained in the Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010. These changes come into effect from 1 November 2018 and will impact coal mine workers injured on or after this date.

Which employees are impacted by the changes?

The Fair Work Commission decision will affect the accident pay entitlements for coal mine workers that are not employed under an Enterprise Agreement or Individual Agreement that incorporates the 78-week provision of accident pay and, therefore, depend on the provisions of the Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010.

How do these changes affect my policy with Coal Mines Insurance?

Coal Mines Insurance will continue to indemnify policyholders for workers compensation entitlements and accident pay entitlements where a compensable injury occurs at work in line with your employee’s applicable industrial instrument.

How will this affect my premium?

There is no immediate impact on premium rates as a result of the Fair Work Commission decision.

One of many factors used to calculate premium rates is claims costs. Accident pay payments are included in claim costs. Accordingly, in limited circumstances there could be a marginal, indirect reduction in the claim costs that would be incurred as a result of the Fair Work Commission decision. This will be limited to circumstances where a worker is employed under or subject to the Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010 and not an Enterprise or Individual Agreement and sustains a compensable injury which keeps them incapacitated for work for more than 52 weeks.

How do I know if my employees are impacted?

The impact to your employees will depend on the industrial instrument they are employed under.

What if I need more information?

Coal Mines Insurance will continue to monitor the impact of these changes. Should you have any queries or require additional information on this matter, please contact the Policy Services Team on (02) 8270 3257 or at policyservices@coalservices.com.au