A return to work program is the formal policy and procedures your business must have in place to help injured workers recover and return to work.
Your business’ program outlines your commitment to helping injured workers recover at work and/or return to work safely and as soon as possible following a work-related injury or illness.
Your return to work program must be:
- consistent with the Guidelines for workplace return to work programs or the Standard return to work program, depending on the makeup of your business
- accessible and communicated appropriately to your workforce
- provided to any worker on request.
developing a program
Within 12 months of becoming an employer, you must develop a return to work program in consultation with your workers and any industrial union representing those workers.
Category one employers
If you’re a category one employer, your return to work program must be developed in accordance with the Guidelines for workplace return to work programs.
A category one employer is an employer who:
- has a basic tariff premium exceeding $50,000 per annum
- is self insured
- is insured by a specialised insurer and employs more than 20 workers.
Category two employers
If you’re a category two employer, you can use the Standard return to work program.
If you don’t meet the criteria for a category one employer (as set out above) you’re a category two employer.