Allianz supports efforts to achieve harmonisation of OHS laws

Sydney, 24 September 2009

Allianz supports efforts to achieve harmonisation of OHS laws Allianz supports the Australian Government’s proposals for the national harmonisation of occupational health and safety laws, arguing harmonisation of the disparate approaches across the States will benefit both Australian businesses and the wider economy.

Head of Allianz Australia’s Workers Compensation Division, David Krawitz, made the comments at Allianz’s annual NSW Workers Compensation Seminar held at The Westin in Sydney today.

The annual seminar is Allianz Workers Compensation’s premier event of the year and is attended by senior representatives from many of Australia’s leading national companies covering most sectors of business in Australia as well as officials from relevant regulatory agencies.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, was keynote speaker at the seminar, sharing her insights with audience members on the subject “The Importance of Harmonised OHS Laws”.

One of Australia’s leading economic commentators, Chris Richardson, a Director at Access Economics, also addressed the audience about the state of the economy in his address: “The Rollercoaster Ride – what is next? And what’s around the corner.”

Speaking at the Seminar, Mr Krawitz told delegates: “We are all here today because we recognise the importance of efficient and effective workers compensation and occupational health and safety arrangements to a strong business and a strong economy.”

“It is a very exciting time in our industry: the occupational health and safety legislative framework is being reformed and savvy businesses need to keep abreast of these changes.

“Some of these developments are truly game changing, such as the Australian Government’s initiative to harmonise national occupational health and safety laws. Allianz looks forward to this reform as being beneficial for businesses and their employees, as well as the Australian economy as a whole.

“However, there is still more to do. Workers Compensation remains a very complex area for businesses, especially for those with employees in multiple states dealing with the cost and complexity of up to eight different compensation regimes. Allianz welcomes efforts to move toward greater consistency of these schemes,” David said.

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