Workers' Compensation - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy outlines the University’s workers’ compensation provisions under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act (Qld) 2003.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Act - Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act (Qld) 2003

WIM - Work Injury Management

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all University staff who have sustained a work-related injury or illness and as a result claim workers’ compensation.

4. Policy Statement

The University of Queensland is self-insured for workers’ compensation under the provisions of the Act.

All claims for Workers’ Compensation are managed by WIM within the Occupational Health and Safety Division. The WIM Team is the provider of claims and rehabilitation entitlements for University staff.

Workers’ compensation benefits are payable to staff following application by the injured worker and assessment against the legislative provisions of the Act by accredited WIM staff.

5. Workers’ Compensation Provisions

Under the Act, if a claim is accepted, a worker injured at work is entitled to all reasonable and necessary medical treatment that is appropriate in the circumstances. If time is lost from work, compensation is paid at the amount payable under the worker's industrial instrument or 85% of normal weekly earning, whichever is the greater, for the first 26 weeks of incapacity. Any period of compensation applied for must be supported by medical evidence.

Rehabilitation will be provided to assist in an injured worker’s safe return to work. When a staff member is off work, rehabilitation will aim to return the staff member to suitable employment as early as possible in accordance with assessed needs.

Further provisions include:

  • Early provision of medical treatment for injured staff ;
  • Effective communication with injured staff and managers regarding workers compensation matters using the University’s accredited claims managers and rehabilitation advisers;
  • Strong incentives to prevent work-related injuries.

Further information can be found in the Self-Insurance of Workers' Compensation booklet at http://www.uq.edu.au/ohs/PPL/2-25-01/WIM-SelfInsurance-Booklet.pdf.

Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael
Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael