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MAV workers' compensation scheme to commence

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The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) workers’ compensation self-insurance scheme for local government employers commences on 1 November.

With an initial 31 scheme members, MAV WorkCare will manage workers' compensation claims and have full responsibility for meeting its members’ claims liabilities.

MAV President Cr Mary Lalios said member councils in other states had significantly improved their workplace health and safety performance, with a reduction in the incidence of injuries and cost of claims, and significant reductions in annual premiums.

“Prevention underpins successful workers’ compensation schemes, as it directly impacts on other areas such as claims management, rehabilitation and return to work,” Cr Lalios said.

“MAV WorkCare aims to achieve better human resource and financial outcomes for its members by undertaking targeted education and training programs aimed at areas with the highest risk profiles, including providing tailored resources and support structures.

“This will lead to better outcomes for workers and their families, and the Victorian community, by helping to make workplaces safer and by ensuring that injured workers receive the compensation and rehabilitation services that they are entitled to."

Benefits of the scheme include:

  • sustained and measurable improvements in workplace safety
  • lower costs to councils through reductions in the incidence of avoidable injuries
  • effectively and appropriately managed claims
  • optimal return to work initiatives and programs.

For more information, visit www.mav.asn.au/workcare.

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Contact: MAV Communications on 9667 5521.