Recent amendments to the Coal Industry Act 2001
The Coal Industry Amendment Bill 2018 was passed in the NSW Parliament on 16 May 2018 to amend the Coal Industry Act 2001. This change is intended to restore the original intention of the Act to ensure that all coal industry workers are required to be insured under the Coal Mines Insurance scheme.
Section 31 of the Act requires employers in the coal industry to obtain workers compensation insurance from an approved workers compensation company for their employees in that industry. Currently, the approved workers compensation company under the Act is Coal Mines Insurance.
The Act now includes a definition of employer in the coal industry to make it clear that any employer whose employees work in or about a coal mine is required to be insured with an approved workers compensation company with respect to those employees and their employment in or about a coal mine.
Any employer of employees who work in or about a coal mine will be required by legislation to obtain workers compensation from Coal Mines Insurance commencing 1 July 2018. For information on obtaining a policy with Coal Mines Insurance please contact Insurance Services team email policyservices@coalservices.