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Media Release 9 May 2013
Auditor General Injured Worker Report
UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the WA Auditor General of its report, Management of Injured Workers in the Public Sector.  The State Government is the largest employer in WA, employing around 160,000 people.
Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:
“The WA public sector is going backwards – with a 24 per cent increase in severe injuries and 3 per cent increase in lost time due to injuries and disease over two years.
“The Auditor General contrasts this with the rest of Australia where injury and disease rates are falling.
“Teachers, prison officers and other public sector workers perform stressful and dangerous work serving the public.
“The report notes that two key agencies, the Departments of Education and Corrective Services, could only establish needed return to work programs for less than half of injured workers.
“Just this week the Minister for Corrective Services, Joe Francis demonstrated how little he understands of the stresses faced by Prison Officers.
“The Report shows there has been a 30 per cent blow out in workers’ compensation insurance payments by public sector agencies. This blowout shows the present system is not working.
“According to this report, only one public sector agency out of eight surveyed even spoke to injured workers about their return to work strategies.
“Government should be looking at much better ways of managing return to work in its own workforce.
“This improves the health of injured worker as well as the budget bottom line.
“The Auditor General’s Report shows that WA is far from best practice and is getting worse.”
Source:
The Auditor General report Management of Injured Workers in the Public Sector is available at: http://www.audit.wa.gov.au/report2013.php
Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA will be available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the WA Auditor General of its report, Management of Injured Workers in the Public Sector.  The State Government is the largest employer in WA, employing around 160,000 people.


Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:

“The WA public sector is going backwards – with a 24 per cent increase in severe injuries and 3 per cent increase in lost time due to injuries and disease over two years. 

“The Auditor General contrasts this with the rest of Australia where injury and disease rates are falling.

“Teachers, prison officers and other public sector workers perform stressful and dangerous work serving the public.

“The report notes that two key agencies, the Departments of Education and Corrective Services, could only establish needed return to work programs for less than half of injured workers.

“Just this week the Minister for Corrective Services, Joe Francis demonstrated how little he understands of the stresses faced by Prison Officers.

“The Report shows there has been a 30 per cent blow out in workers’ compensation insurance payments by public sector agencies. This blowout shows the present system is not working.

“According to this report, only one public sector agency out of eight surveyed even spoke to injured workers about their return to work strategies.

“Government should be looking at much better ways of managing return to work in its own workforce. 

“This improves the health of injured worker as well as the budget bottom line. 

“The Auditor General’s Report shows that WA is far from best practice and is getting worse.”

Source:
The Auditor General report Management of Injured Workers in the Public Sector is available at: http://www.audit.wa.gov.au/report2013.php 

Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA is available for comment.

 
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