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(3) As at 14 December 2004, 14 claims for psychological injury had been lodged.

Public sector

(1) In the ACT public sector, claims for psychological injury are expected to rise, but not to the same extent as claims made by federal Government agencies covered by the Comcare scheme.

(2) (a) There is no estimated bill at this stage. This will be received from Comcare towards the end of the current financial year.

(2) (b) There is a trend of increasing incidence of psychological injury observable across all public sectors in Australia. To date, the ACT public sector has experienced a lower rate of growth for these claims than the rest of the Comcare jurisdiction (federal Government public sector agencies).

(3) As at 30 November 2004, 24 claims for psychological injury had been lodged.

WorkCover—education presentations
(Question No 21)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) Did the Operation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 and associated laws quarterly report for the March Quarter 2004 state that 909 people attended A.C.T. Workcover education presentations; if so, how many education presentations were conducted in total;

(2) At which locations around Canberra were these education presentations conducted;

(3) Who conducted these education presentations;

(4) What issues did these education presentations address and/or cover;

(5) What was the average number of education presentations made by A.C.T. Workcover in (a) 2002-2003 and (b) 2003-2004.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Yes. ACT WorkCover conducted a total of 13 education presentations to various industry groups and a number of lectures to students at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

(2) One or more presentations were provided for members or clients of the National Safety Council of Australia (Mitchell), Discount Tyres (Braddon), Master Floorers Association (Lyneham), WorkWatch (Dickson), Master Painters Association (Woden), ClubsACT (Canberra City), BusinessACT (Tuggeranong, Canberra City and Belconnen), ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Barton), UnionsACT (Dickson), Insurance Brokers (Canberra City) and the Canberra Institute of Technology (Fyshwick).

(3) These education presentations were conducted by the OHS Commissioner and various ACT WorkCover inspectors.

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