NSW – changes to workers compensation legislation now impacts “any employer whose employees work in or about a coal mine”

All Workers in the NSW Coal Industry to be covered by The Coal Industry Act 2001

Employers in the coal industry are required to obtain workers compensation insurance from an approved workers’ compensation company.

Currently, that requirement only applies to employers directly engaged in the coal industry and not to employers who are engaged in another industry and merely provide services to the coal industry.

The Coal Industry Amendment Bill 2018, passed on 16 May 2018, has established a new definition of employer in the Coal Industry, as “any employer whose employees work in or about a coal mine.”

Once the Bill is “proclaimed” there will be a requirement for these employers to hold an appropriate coal related workers’ compensation policy for workers in or about a coal mine. This will be in addition to a standard workers’ compensation policy for other workers.

Further information can be found HERE