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Victorian government paying more than $150m for workers comp premiums

VICTORIA’S state departments paid more than $150 million in WorkCover workers compensation premiums in 201-11.

A CPSU Freedom of Information request found the highest payers were:

  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development ($55,801, 566);
  • Victoria Police ($49,890,939);
  • Department of Human Services ($29,043,191); and
  • Department of Justice ($8,851,306)

CPSU Victorian Secretary Karen Batt told the Workers Compensation Report: “Vic government departments are wasting in excess of  $150m per year to WorkCover in premiums due to the failure of depts to adequately deal with bullying and increased workloads within the public sector, causing mental injuries”.

“The Baillieu govt’s decision to reduce the public sector workforce by more than 4,200 employees will further impact on the number of public sector workers suffering mental injury,” Ms Batt said.

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