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Safety and workers' compensation

Ai Group provides a range of Safety and workers’ compensation services to our members. We help members manage their OHS obligations by identifying risks in the workplace, creating a safe work environment and keeping them up-to-date with Government regulations. See the Safety and Workers' Compensation section of the Ai Group members' only reference guide, BIZassistManual, which is regularly updated with information on Safety and workers’ compensation across Australia. Read the information for your state: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA.

To find a Safety and Workers' compensation related training course search our Training Directory.  

Ai Group provides members with up-to-date advice on current issues. Members can also sign up to receive email news alerts on Safety and Workers' compensation issues.

Ai Group offers Consultancy Services to members at discounted rates. Find out more about Safety and Workers' Compensation Consultancy Services  and contact us by phone or email

If you would like a publication on a Safety and Workers' compensation related topic see our catalogue of Guidance Manuals and Handbooks or find a recently published report, submission or speech. 

OHS news

Could there be Asbestos in goods you are importing?

Recent media reports relating to the illegal import of asbestos-containing goods or materials – e.g. gaskets, jointing materials in flues, furnaces, ducts, pipe spools, heating equipment and pressurised hoses – have highlighted the need for Australian businesses to be more aware of the risks of inadvertent import of asbestos-containing goods or materials from countries where asbestos is still widely used.

To find out more, read the Fact sheet from the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities

Review of hazards and health effects of inorganic lead

Consideration is being given to lowering the level of lead that can be in the air, and lowering the level of lead in a person’s blood that would result in the requirement to remove them from undertaking lead risk work.

Safe Work Australia has published a report which will inform the public consultation and regulatory impact statement (RIS) on this topic. The link below will take you to the report and related documents.

As part of the next phase of the review, Safe Work Australia is keen to hold discussions with organisations involved in the mining, processing or manufacture of inorganic lead containing materials, on what the impacts would be on their hazard controls, blood lead monitoring procedures and compliance costs generally of lowering the blood lead levels and lead exposure standard to the levels proposed by the Report.

Employer participation in these discussions is crucial as it will provide is a good insight into the practical and financial impacts of what is being proposed. If you would like any further information, or to agree to participate in these discussions, please contact me.

Please also feel free to pass this information on to other organisations whose activities involve potential exposure to lead.

Workers' Compensation News
  • March  2014: Legislation is currently before the Commonwealth parliament to allow multi-state employers to apply for national self-insurance under Comcare. Ai Group has prepared a member information update on this topic.

  • March 2014: The Victorian Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act is due to come into effect on 1 July 2014.  The Act is designed to simplify and streamline the legislation.  There are no changes to employee benefits or employer obligations.  The Act can be accessed at

  • March 2014: South Australia is expected to soon recommence consultation on proposed changes to the WorkCover scheme.  Ai Group will be actively involved in representing member interests.  If you wish to have input into Ai Group’s position on these issues, please contact Stephen Myatt, Director South Australia.  The government’s policy statement on this topic can be found at

Information on all these topics can also be found in Ai Group Member Advices at

Workplace Advice Service

1300 78 38 44

Do you have a question on wage rates, awards, complying with employment regulations, OHS, workers’ compensation, EEO, business compliance or other workplace related matters? 

Read our Workplace relations FAQs.

Read the factsheets in the BIZassistManual.

Call the Workplace Advice Service on 1300 78 38 44 for on-the-spot advice, every weekday from 8.30am-5.15pm, for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Australia.

Safety & WHS Training

Ai Group has developed a full range of professional short courses to match the training and skills needs of business. Booking training is only a couple of clicks away.

Find Safety & Workers' Compensation training in: NSW | VIC | QLD | SA | ACT

Short courses include Health & Safety Representative (HSR) Course, National WHS Laws, Introduction to Risk Assessment, OHS for Supervisors and much more.

Contacts – Safety & Workers Compensation Services


Tracey Browne
Manager - National Safety & Workers' Compensation
Policy & Membership Services
Tel: 03 9867 0255

Trinette Jaeschke
Manager - National Safety & Workers' Compensation
Consulting Services
Tel: 03 9867 0236

Seema Khatri
Manager - National Safety & Workers' Compensation
Training and Events
Tel: 02 9466 5443

Consultancy services

Ai Group members can access our suite of consultancy services for timely, cost effective advice in plain english on a range of issues across:

  • Workplace Relations and Human Resources
  • OHS and Workers' Compensation
  • Trade and Export Development
  • Environment and Energy
  • Business Analysis and Improvement

Read more about our Consultancy Services.

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Health and Safety Networks

New South Wales Workplace Health and Safety Networks

Occupational Health and Safety Networks meet regularly to discuss a range of OHS and WorkCover issues that are important to our members. For further information, or to join, contact the following Ai Group staff:

Hunter Safety Leadership Network, Leanne Cruden
tel: 02 4925 8300

The OHS and Workers Compensation Policy Group also meets on an "as needs" basis. If you would like to be added to our invitation list for this group, please send your details to  

Victorian Occupational Health and Safety / WorkCover Network

Meetings of the Occupational Health and Safety / WorkCover Networks are scheduled on a quarterly basis. For further information, or to be added to the invitation list for this meeting, contact

Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Network

The Workplace Health and Safety Network meets regularly to discuss a range of OHS and WorkCover issues that are important to our members. For further information, or to join, contact