Who needs a workers compensation policy?
Under the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (The Act) all employers are required to take out a policy to cover all employees including the following:
- sub contractors
- family members
- working directors (optional).
For further information, see the WorkCover WA website.
Who is covered by a policy?
All employees are covered by a workers' compensation policy and are entitled to compensation for any injury that occurs in the course of their employment (where their employment is deemed to be a significant contributing factor).
If you are a sole proprietor or a member of a partnership, you are not a worker of your own business and therefore you cannot take out a Workers' Compensation policy for yourself.
Obtaining a policy
When taking out a policy, you will need to submit a proposal form declaring estimated wages for the period of the policy (usually twelve months) and pay the deposit premium based on the estimate. The premium is adjusted at the end of the period based on actual wages. For further information see the employer information pack and employers indemnity policy.
Recommended premium rates are set and reviewed (usually on 30 June each year) by WorkCover WA. Insurers may load these rates by no more than 75% of the recommended rate unless permitted by WorkCover WA. The rates are published in a special government gazette available from the State Law Publisher.
What happens if I am uninsured?
Under the terms of the policy we issue, you have certain policy and claims responsibilities to fulfil. It is important that you take the time to read your policy document so that you are aware of these obligations.
The major obligations you have are to:
- provide estimated and actual wages declarations for each policy period you are insured with us
- maintain proper Wages Records for every worker employed
- allow inspection of your wages records by a duly authorised representative appointed by us
- give notice of any disability as soon as practicable (provide link to Employers’ Indemnity Policy
As an employer, you also have obligations when one of your employees is injured at work. For further information, see the claims section for employers.
Managing your policy effectively for large businesses
We will work with you and your advisor to understand your business structure and strategy and help make the management of your portfolio of policies as effective and efficient as possible.