Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Small Business welcomes cheaper workers' compensation premiums.

    27/06/2006 9:04 PM

    Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough says the Government’s decision to reward safe work practices by dropping premiums some 10 per cent from June 30, will mean significant savings for small business.

    “So impressive are the reductions in compensation claims that the Government has decided to reward industry for its commitment to better work practices by lowering premiums,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “More than 200 categories of industry will see their premiums reduced by 10 per cent as a result of these improved work practices.”

    The Minister said protecting injured workers would always be the most important issue when considering workers’ compensation costs.

    “But prevention is better than cure,” he stressed.

    “If we can keep the incidence of accidents to a minimum, then that is the best protection a worker can have.”

    Among those small business categories to be rewarded with lower premiums are:
    • take-away food retailers;
    • milk vendors;
    • floor covering and flower retailers;
    • pubs, taverns, bars; and
    • cleaning services.
    “I recommend that small business operators check with their insurance providers to see if they are among the 200 categories to benefit from the savings to be passed on to them following the introduction of new premiums on June 30,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The list of industry categories to carry the premium reduction can be found at the Workcover website at

    Minister's office: (08) 9213 6500