Reality TV bites: Workers compensation for contestants becomes stranger than fiction

By Rebecca Richardson
Updated November 7 2019 - 10:17pm, first published November 3 2019 - 4:30am

When the castaways of Survivor: The Australian Outback were made to eat cow brains, they probably didn't consider that to be part of their "job". However, a landmark ruling by the NSW Workers Compensation Commission has found that contestants of Seven's reality TV show, House Rules, were employees of the production company and therefore entitled to workers compensation for the psychological trauma sustained from being on the show. For producers, reality TV no doubt just became a little too real.

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