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Corporate Spectrum provides you with this information to assist you in the management of your workplace injuries.

Please be aware of the following important information as instructed by WorkSafe Victoria:

  • All employers must make return to work information available to all their workers and consult with their workers about how that information is made available and where to find it.

  • Employers with an annual rateable remuneration of $2 million or more must have a Return to Work Coordinator at all times.

  • Employers with rateable remuneration of less that $2 million must appoint a Return to Work Coordinator for the duration of the employer's return to work obligations to an injured worker.

  • A Return to Work Coordinator needs to have an appropriate level of seniority and be competent to assist the employer to meet their return to work obligations.

  • An employer must start planning a worker's return to work to the extent that it is reasonable to do so, as soon as the worker provides them with a WorkSafe Medical Certificate of Capacity or claim for weekly payments, or from the date they are advised by their WorkSafe agent that they have received the same.

  • An employer must consult to the extent that it is reasonable to do so, with the injured worker, their doctor, or healthcare provider and if involved, an occupational rehabilitation provider during the return to work process.

  • An employer must provide suitable employment once the worker has a current work capacity and pre-injury employment once the worker no longer has an incapacity. They must do so for a period of 52 weeks (this may not be 52 consecutive weeks) from the date a worker provides them with a WorkSafe Medical Certificate of Capacity or claim for weekly payments, or from the date they are advised by their WorkSafe Agent that they have received the same.

  • Failure to comply with the return to work requirements can result in financial penalties of up to $107,505 for a body corporate and $21,501 for a natural person.

A safe and compliant work place is a legal requirement and due to the severe financial and legal repercussions we provide this information to our clients to increase awareness and assist in compliance.

Legal requirements are regularly changing and this information and more is available from the WorkSafe website, www.worksafe.vic.gov.au . We recommend that you dedicate a resource to visit the WorkSafe website regularly to ensure ongoing compliance.

Should you wish for any assistance do not hesitate in contacting Trish Cappola on 0404 014821 and it is to be noted that you have access to our website www.corporatespectrum.com.au for risk/claims management tips and advice.

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Disclaimer

Please note that Corporate Spectrum does not eliminate any organizations need to be responsible for meeting legislative requirements. Our advice is not intended as legal advice.

Organizations are required to accept final responsibility in respect of all policies, procedures and compliance. Onsite return to work coordinators and OH&S representatives are required by your business internally if appointing our services. This is  despite being able to have more than one rtw co-coordinator and legally being able to employ, in many instances, in this capacity externally. Our agreed hours are limited, our structure is via Ecommerce and whilst many tasks we perform are to support certain  areas overlapping with compliance issues, our structure and scope of services provides that our client base must ensure legislative requirements are adhered to at all times.