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Issue 373 - 6 June 2013

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Compo barriers should drop

A national approach to removing age barriers to workers compensation and safety is gaining ground.

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and Safe Work Australia members have recommended aligning the official retirement age with the age of eligibility for the age pension.

In a report released last week, the ALRC recommended changing laws that affect Commonwealth employees, including the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992.

Among its recommendations, the ALRC said that the retirement provisions in these Acts should be aligned with the qualifying age for the age pension under the Social Security Act 1991.

In a meeting last week, Safe Work Australia members, who include state and territory as well Commonwealth representatives, recommended that the same proposal be considered in all jurisdictions.

The Safe Work Australia members said in a media statement that they had agreed by majority to recommend this change to the Select Council on Workplace Relations.

Each of the jurisdictions represented on the council would consider legislative changes as they related to their respective jurisdictions.

The ALRC report also recommended that Commonwealth, state and territory work health and safety regulators should review their guidance material to ensure it covers issues that affect mature-age workers, including statutory responsibilities and duties, best-practice work design and processes, risk assessment and health and wellbeing.

For more details, visit the report and Safe Work Australia
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