New Requirements for Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinators in Queensland


This article applies to all Queensland employers who have rehabilitation and return to work coordinators.

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (Qld)

On 1 July 2020, the remaining provisions of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (Qld) (the Amending Act) commenced and amended the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) (the Act).

Rehabilitation and return to work coordinator

Under the Act, certain employers are required to appoint a rehabilitation and return to work coordinator if they meet the specified conditions.  These conditions are set out in regulation 115 of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014 (Qld) and are:

  • for an employer who employs workers at a workplace in a high risk industry—the wages of the employer in Queensland for the preceding financial year were more than 2,600 times QOTE (currently, $4,184,180); or
  • otherwise—the wages of the employer in Queensland for the preceding financial year were more than 5,200 times QOTE (currently, $8,368,360).

The Amending Act has inserted a new requirement for employers to notify Workcover of the details of a person appointed as a rehabilitation and return to work coordinator within 12 months after the appointment. The details required to be sent to Workcover include:

  • the person’s name and contact details,
  • the details of how the person is appropriately qualified under the Act; and
  • the details of each workplace for which the person is appointed as the rehabilitation and return to work coordinator.

If these details change, the organisation must let Workcover know within 12 months.

This new requirement also applies to employers who appointed a rehabilitation and return to work coordinator before the commencement (1 July 2020). In these circumstances, the employer must give Workcover the details of their coordinator within 12 months (by 1 July 2021).

Conclusion

Organisations that are required to appoint rehabilitation and return to work coordinators must notify Workcover of the prescribed details and have a system in place to keep Workcover updated if any of these details change as summarised above.


Contact

For further information please contact the Law Compliance team:

Phone: 1300 862 667

Email: info@lawcompliance.com.au