WORKERS COMPENSATION CHANGES FOR THOSE SERVICING THE MINING INDUSTRY

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – Courtesy of Markey

Recent changes to the Coal Industry Act 2001 legislation may impact some of you that we know work on mine sites. We were previously advised that if you did not operate as a mining operator, you were excluded from requiring a policy under the Coal Mines Insurance Scheme.  No policies were therefore needed for those companies who were only providing services to mining.

On 16 May, 2018, an amendment to the legislation was passed to include employers who operate or enter to undertake any activity on the mine site will require a policy with the Coal Mines Insurance Scheme (even if you are filling up the coke machine).

Any employer of employees who work in or about a coal mine will be required by legislation to obtain workers compensation from Coal Mines Insurance (CMI).

The change to the Act will commence on 1 July 2018.

However, a transition period is in place to give affected employers time to comply with the change to the Act and to ensure that there will be no undue impact on coal mining operations.

The transition period runs from 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018.

During the transition period, operators of coal mine sites will only need to ensure that any contractors with workers employed in or about the mine site have a current Certificate of Currency from a workers compensation insurer to cover those workers – as per the existing arrangements.

From 1 October 2018, after the expiry of the transition period,operators of coal mine sites will need to ensure any contractors with workers employed in or about the mine site have a Certificate from CMI for a policy that covers those workers.

What next?:

  • If you or your employees enter the site to undertake any activity, you will be required to take out a policy with CMI.
  • You will be required to work out the wages to declare for your CMI policy (we suggest time spent on-site might assist with apportionment).  You will not be required to declare these wages on your iCare declaration.
  • Contact your representative to discuss further how this may impact you and/or assist you to place a policy with CMI prior to October 1, 2018.
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