Bundaberg businesses are looking after their workers

Sugar cane farming

Almost 90 per cent of Bundaberg employers in the agriculture and retail sectors are supporting their workers with the right level of workers’ compensation insurance, a recent WorkCover Queensland compliance awareness roadshow has found.

WorkCover representatives visited over 80 Bundaberg employers in late March as part of a state-wide education and awareness campaign aimed at ensuring employers are correctly covering their staff against workplace injuries.

The roadshow found that Bundaberg employers are achieving better accident insurance coverage than the regional Queensland average.

WorkCover Queensland Customer Compliance and Education Manager, Erin Leftwich said Bundaberg is one of the better performing regions in Queensland when it comes to correctly insuring workers for workplace injuries.

'Only 11 per cent of local agriculture employers and eight per cent of retail employers we visited needed more help to ensure they have the right level of insurance coverage for their workers,' Erin said.

This is an encouraging result given that, on average, 16 per cent of regional Queensland businesses don’t have the right accident insurance coverage.

WorkCover is determined to assist those Bundaberg employers who are under-insured because they risk exposing themselves to potentially six-figure insurance claims if a worker sustains a serious injury.

'Employers have a duty of care to ensure the right cover is in place, not only for the well-being of their workers, but also to avoid potential penalties if they are found to be uninsured or underinsured,' Erin said.

The agriculture and retail industries are major employers in the Queensland economy, relying on large numbers of young seasonal and overseas workers, casual staff and individual contractors.

'Almost 40 per cent of injuries in the agriculture sector are sustained by 20-30 year olds (29 per cent for retail). That’s why it’s important that Bundaberg employers have the right insurance to cover both themselves and their workers if a serious workplace injury occurs.

'WorkCover is encouraged by the positive feedback we’ve received from many Bundaberg employers who say they have a better understanding of what’s required under Queensland legislation,' Erin said.

View our short film below for a wrap-up of the Bundaberg visits.

More information

To check if the people working for you are defined as 'workers' and require cover under your WorkCover policy, use the ATO employee/contractor decision tool.

You can apply for a policy at any time using our online services, or read more about renewing your policy and declaring wages on our dedicated premium page including information on what wages should be declared.

Our website has detailed information on your rights and responsibilities and who you should cover for workers' compensation. If you require further information, call us on 1300 362 128.

Last updated
15 September 2015