Policy: Rehabilitation and compensation
- The University is committed to the following:
- Preventing workplace injuries and illnesses by providing a safe and healthy working environment.
- Providing early reporting systems and intervention procedures that will enable injured staff to stay at work or return to work as soon as possible in line with medical guidelines.
- Working with a delegated authority for claims management services to ensure that claims are determined promptly and all stakeholders are informed of determinations in a clear manner and to be fully compliant with the requirements of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth).
- Assisting an external claims management provider to manage claims in an equitable, timely and efficient manner, consistent with applicable legislation and self-insurance requirements.
- Facilitating the durable return to work of employees, by assisting with the safe and early integration back into the workplace, and minimisation of time away from the workplace.
- Defining, documenting and communicating the areas of accountability and responsibility for executive, senior managers and employees involved in the rehabilitation and claims management process.
- Facilitating participation in an injury or illness management program appropriate to an injured or ill employee’s medical recovery.
- Providing our people with relevant information about claims and injury management including their rehabilitation rights and obligations.
- Maintaining confidentiality of personal information in accordance with applicable legislation.
- Engaging appropriately qualified experts, both internally and externally, to assist in the management of claims and injury / illness.
Leadership and culture
- At the University, we promote excellence in health and safety leadership and a positive culture of health and safety through:
- Encouraging and supporting innovative and effective rehabilitation and practices.
- Ensuring compliance with the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth).
- Determining, in consultation with our employees, their best rehabilitation requirements and outcomes.
- Improving the University’s claims and rehabilitation performance.
Responsibility and authority
- Responsibility and authority under this policy operates at three levels:
- Executive: provides leadership to ensure communication of this policy and effective implementation.
- Senior Managers: supports managers and supervisors in fulfilling their responsibilities and accountabilities.
- Employees: comply with this policy and the associated procedures as well as report injuries as soon as practicable and actively participate in workplace rehabilitation.
- Work Environment Group: delegated rehabilitation authority to ensure that the provisions of the legislation are met for ill and injured staff members requiring rehabilitation services.
- Claims Management Provider: delegated authority for claims management services, to ensure the provisions of the legislation are met for ill and injured staff members with a workers compensation claim.
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|Title||Rehabilitation and compensation|
|Purpose||This policy sets the direction for the University’s rehabilitation and claims management systems through a documented commitment by senior executive which is aligned to the organisation’s overall values, vision and business objectives.|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Health, Safety & Environment - Occupational Health & Safety|
|Effective Date||4 Jun 2018|
|Review Date||4 Jun 2021|
|Responsible Officer:||Director, Human Resources|
|Contact Area||Human Resources Division|
Work Health & Safety Act 2011
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988