Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

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    8/11/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Injured jockeys to receive new compensation package
    New legislation passed today in State Parliament means injured jockeys will receive weekly compensation which better reflect their actual earnings.
     
    Historically, the compensation rate for jockeys has been linked to the award rate for stable foremen, which is currently $706.10 per week.  All licensed jockeys have received 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 to continue to use this as a basis for determining compensation was unfair.

    “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 State Government’s 2011 workers compensation reforms which introduced a number of improvements, including:
    • removal of age limits on entitlements
    • tough penalties for employers who do not have the proper workers compensation insurance
    • a new, simpler, faster workers compensation dispute settlement system.
          Fact File
    • Average 45 workers compensation claims each year by licensed jockeys (2005-06 to 2009-10)
    • Average lost time claim duration is seven weeks
    • More information at: http://www.workcover.wa.gov.au
    • The Bill comes into effect December 14
    Minister's office - 6552 5800