Work Injury and Workers' Compensation (REHB5071)


The focus of this subject is twofold. First it examines the pattern of workplace injury, disability and fatality in Australia, and explores its relationship to the organisation and dynamics of Australian industry, the labour market and state regulation, including the law and public administration. Secondly, the subject analyses workers' compensation systems as the major social mechanism for managing workplace injury. Here students will be introduced to the history and development of workers' compensation in Australia and its operation in present-day contexts. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the role of key stakeholders and public institutional mechanisms in shaping workers' compensation policies and services.

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Three half-day workshops in Weeks 4, 7, and 10


2x2500wd essays (2x50%)

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