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The Queensland government has recently passed legislation creating significant changes to the workers compensation scheme. The key changes that have come into effect are as follows:
The onus of proof has been increased to require the worker's employment to be the major contributing factor to their injury or the exacerbation of a pre-existing injury.
There have been a number of changes to superannuation which have been introduced in 2013 (details can be found in the March 2012 edition of the Adviser). Further changes to the superannuation scheme will commence in 2014.
Default superannuation fund
From 1 January 2014, employers are required to make the necessary superannuation contributions for employees who do not complete the choice of fund form into a MySuper account. An employer's default superannuation fund will be required to offer a MySuper product.
Hobby farmer succeeds in High Court OHS appeal
The High Court has granted the appeal of a New South Wales hobby farmer against his criminal conviction and $121 000 fine under NSW occupational health and safety law.
As we predicted in the October issue of the Adviser last year, a successful appeal has called into question the entire line of judicial authority on an employers duty of care under the NSW law.