Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Fair deal for WA jockeys

    21/08/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Injured jockeys to receive new compensation deal
    The State Government has introduced new legislation to ensure injured jockeys receive weekly compensation that better reflects their actual earnings.

    Currently the compensation rate for jockeys under workers’ compensation laws is linked to the award rate for stable foremen, which is currently $706.10 per week. 

    All licensed jockeys receive the same amount of weekly compensation benefits regardless of their pre-injury earnings.

    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said jockeys should not be treated any differently to other workers in determining the amount of compensation payable.

    Mr O’Brien said most jockeys who incurred injuries earned above the award rate for stable foremen and it was unfair to continue to use this as a basis for determining compensation.

    “Compensation payments provide income support while a worker is unable to work.  It is simply not fair for the earnings of a jockey to be disregarded in determining their workers’ compensation entitlements,” he said.

    The new legislation will ensure jockeys receive compensation aligned to their pre-injury average earnings, on the same basis as other non-award workers.

    This change builds on the Government’s 2011 workers’ compensation reforms which introduced a number of improvements, including:
    • the removal of age limits on entitlements
    • tough penalties for employers without correct workers’ compensation insurance
    • a new, simpler, faster workers’ compensation dispute settlement system.
          Fact File
    • From 2005-06 to 2009-10 there were on average 45 annual workers’ compensation claims from licensed jockeys
    • Average lost time claim duration is seven weeks
    • More information on changes to the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 at http://www.workcover.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5800