WorkSafe VIC & TAC review

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On 2 January, Victoria’s new Labor Premier  (Daniel Andrews – formerly the Minister for Finance) announced—by means of a vague and most curious media release— a review of WorkSafe VIC (VWA) and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), to “…identify opportunities to optimise the effectiveness, efficiency and value of these organisations to the Victorian community.”

WorkSafe VIC and TAC review

Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has recently announced a review into the Victorian Workcover Authority (VWA) and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). The announcement was made by means of a very curious, dubious and very vague media release. In fact no terms of reference for the review have even been mentioned apart from the following fuzzy statement:

“…identify opportunities to optimise the effectiveness, efficiency and value of these organisations to the Victorian community.”

Not only do we find the lack of any explicit details of said ‘review’ very curious, but we’re also question the need for said ‘review’ given that in 2012 the Victoria’s Essential Services Commission (ESC) undertook an efficiency review of both WorkSafe and the TAC. The ESC concluded at the time that “… we have not identified any systemic need for reform of the TAC and the VWA.” (see page 11).

James MacKenzieInterestingly Mr James MacKenzie, former CEO of the TAC (from 1994-97) and the Chairman of both TAC and WorkSafe Victoria from 2000-07 has been appointed to conduct the review. On his profile the following is stated:

James is a noted leader in public administration and led the transformation of the Victorian james-mackenzieGovernment’s Personal Injury Schemes as Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and The Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe Victoria) from 2000-2007. He remained on both Boards of Management until recently . He is Chairman of The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research which was established by the Victorian Government in 2009 to undertake research in workplace injury and illness prevention, compensation practice, health and vocational rehabilitation and build on the success of TAC and WorkSafe Victoria. (read more on Mr MacKenzie’s profile>>)

While it appears that Mr MacKenzie has had no direct  involvement in the area of WorkSafe & TAC for the past 4 years, the mere fact that he “led the transformation of WorkSafe”may, indeed, be considered a hindrance by many.

We sincerely hope that this ‘review’ will be thorough, independent and robust and that consultation will occur with all stakeholders, including injured workers – and not just a political/election exercise!

 

[Article dictated by WCV and manually transcribed on her behalf]



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5 Responses to “WorkSafe VIC & TAC review”

  1. Of interest is that Mr Andrews said the Government was “committed to WorkSafe’s head office relocation” but the review would “consider WorkSafe’s relocation to Geelong to ensure that appropriate decisions are made when implementing this change“.

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  2. The Victorian Labor government has announced a review into WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in order to “to identify opportunities to optimise the effectiveness, efficiency and value of these organisations to the Victorian community”. Of note is that, according to Labor’s pre-election commitments, the review would examine the Authority’s enforcement policies, ensure labour-hire arrangements cannot be used to avoid safety obligations or workers’
    compensation premiums; and – also- examine the return-to-work process for long-term injured workers.
    The Labor party has also committed that any surplus accumulated by the regulator is to be used only to improve injured workers’ benefits, reduce employer premiums or expand the OHS inspectorate.

    The Government has confirmed that WorkSafe’s head office will be moved to Geelong – but the review will examine ways to ensure “appropriate decisions are made” with regard to the shift. The government has appointed James MacKenzie (chair of WorkSafe and the TAC 2000-2007) to conduct the review and report by the middle of this year. Recently the Geelong Advertiser, said the CPSU, the union representing WorkSafe and TAC workers, is confident the review will not affect job numbers in the agencies. State secretary Karen Batt said the union was happy with the choice of Mr Mackenzie, and the processes outlined by the Government, including an assurance that it would be consulted…

    Mmmh will be very interesting to see what eventuates indeed!

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    • What The Labor Party Need To Do Is Look Into The Unlawful Actions Of ” Independent Medical Examiners ” Who Provide False and Misleading Reports ( clive jones ) And Also The Case Managers ( Allianz case manager Rose Mary Dean ) Who Concealed Vital Evidence In The Form Of Incident Report That Supported My Claim , When I Proved This To Allianz Complaints Department , All They Said To Me This Will Be Noted On Her File !!
      ( a meer slap on the wrist ) These Are The People The Labor Party Should Be Looking At !!

      kevin

      ps
      Don’t Worry I Can Prove All I Have Said Here !!!

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  3. Will this review include the under performance of VWA Inpectors? They dont support health and safety nor do they enforce the legislation so of what use are yhey?

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  4. Will this review include the under performance of VWA Inpectors? They dont support health and safety representatives nor do they enforce the legislation so of what use are they?

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