Return to work programs
A return to work program consists of the formal policy and procedures that an organisation must have in place to help injured workers with their recovery and return to the workplace.
It outlines your commitment to assisting injured workers to remain at work or return to work safely and as soon as possible following a workplace injury or illness.
The return to work program must be:
- consistent with the guidelines for workplace return to work programs
- accessible and communicated appropriately to the workforce
- provided to any worker on request.
Developing a program
A return to work program must be developed within 12 months of becoming an employer and be done in consultation with your workers and any industrial union representing those workers.
Category one employers
For a category one employer (that is an employer with a basic tariff premium exceeding $50,000 per annum, or is self insured, or is insured by a specialised insurer and employs more than 20 workers) a return to work program must be developed in accordance with the guidelines for workplace return to work programs.
Category two employers
If you are a category two employer (that is, any employer who is not a category one employer as described above), you can use the standard return to work program prepared by us.