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The history of compensation in Australia

Francesca McSteen

With harmonisation hopefully imminent, it's a good time to look at and learn from Australia's history of workers' comp.

Take Home Messages: The formation of workers’ compensation policy in Australia was not a linear process. It followed a disjointed route which has been coined a ‘punctuated equilibrium’. In the early period, it was the demands by organised sections of the working class that led to the adoption of ‘no-fault liability’ and the introduction of workers’ compensation laws. In the later period there w...

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