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Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator

November 17, 2019

Under existing WorkCover legislation employers in high-risk industries, such as construction, are required to have a RRTWC where they have (approximately) 50 or more workers. A RRTWC must be ‘appropriately qualified’. This means they must have the appropriate qualifications and experience to perform the function. Employers must assess the risks and needs of their workers and workplaces and ensure that they have engaged RRTWC that are appropriately qualified.

Recent changes now mean that there is an additional way for employers to ensure that RRTWC are appropriately qualified by allowing the Regulator to publish a list of appropriate training courses. If someone has completed those courses then they will be ‘appropriately qualified’.

From 1 July 2020 an employer who is required to appoint a RRTWC will be required to give the WorkCover insurer certain information within 12 months of appointment of a RRTWC, and notify them when details change. The details required are the person’s name and contact details, details of how the person is appropriately qualified, and details of each workplace the person is appointed as the RRTWC.

Other minor changes to the WorkCover legislation includes:

  • The ability for WorkCover to fund and provide programs to support employers in consultation with other regulators
  • Exempting expressions of regret and apologies from being considered in any assessment of liability
  • Requiring insurers to provide ongoing rehabilitation and return to work services if worker has been unable to return to work after their entitlement to benefits
  • Clarifying that insurers have a discretion to accept claims more than six months after the injury is diagnosed
  • Extending workers’ compensation coverage to unpaid interns
  • Amending the definition of injury for psychiatric or psychological disorder from ‘the major’ to the ‘significant contribution’ to the injury
  • Requires insurers to assist with psychiatric or psychological claims during claim determination.

You can read a further summary of the changes on the QLD Worksafe website here.