IR Q&A Issue 7

Posted 14 December 2018

IR Q&A Issue 7

Q: I have heard some rumours on the grapevine about people discussing what I think could constitute anti-competitive behaviour. What can I do?

A: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has an anonymous reporting facility available on its website specific for the investigation of anticompetitive behaviour in the construction industry. The form requires you to provide details of the activities to be investigated by an ACCC investigator whilst allowing you to do so without providing your personal details. Click here to access the ACCC portal.

In the event of engaging in cartel conduct, you can make an application to the ACCC for cartel immunity by phoning the ACCC Immunity Hotline (02 9230 3894) or by emailing

Q: What are my obligations with regard to Worker Compensation?

A: As an employer, you have a number of obligations set out in the Workers Compensation Act 1951 (ACT) (the Act) which include:

  • a current Workers Compensation Policy in place for your workers (Note: this needs to be accurate and relating to the number of workers in your workplace);
  • maintaining a Register of Injuries;
  • displaying an Information Summary which is a notice containing a summary of the requirements of making a claim under the Act*;
  • displaying your Return to Work Plan*;
  • where your annual premium is $200,000, having appointed an approved Return to Work Coordinator; and
  • making workers compensation payments to injured workers.

A failure to comply with any of these obligations can result in infringement notices and/or court enforceable penalties being issued against an employer.

For further information about the proof that is required for inspection purposes and/or to view the summary of the penalties associated with non-compliance, click here.

If you have any queries or would like to ask a question, please contact me on 6175 5919 or email

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