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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy describes the University’s commitment to work rehabilitation.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

University - The University of Queensland

Worker - The Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) defines a  worker as a person who—

  1. works under a contract; and
  2. in relation to the work, is an employee for the purpose of assessment for PAYG withholding under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cwlth), schedule 1, part 2-5.

Please note that this definition of worker differs from the Work Health and Safety Act (2011).

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to University workers who have an accepted Workers' Compensation claim. 

4. Policy Statement

The University supports and contributes to the provision of work rehabilitation for workers whose ability to carry out their duties is affected by injury or illness and have an accepted worker's compensation claim. The University recognises that helping its workers to stay at work or make an early and safe return to work after injury, can minimise the impact on both them and their families.

Workers who have suffered an injury or illness are supported by the University’s system of work rehabilitation and will be assessed for suitable duties during their recovery.

The University is committed to the following priorities with respect to outcomes of injury or illness:

  • Priority 1: The worker returns to the same job.
  • Priority 2: The worker returns to a modified version of the same job.
  • Priority 3: The worker is redeployed to a different job preferably within the original organisational unit, or to another area.
  • Priority 4: The worker is unable to be redeployed within the University and as a last resort, employment is terminated on the grounds of ill health as per PPL 5.70.13 Medical Conditions Affecting Performance. Depending on the circumstances of the injury or incapacity, the University may consider referral to an appropriate employment agency.
Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael