If you’re a worker and you’ve experienced a workplace injury or illness, your employer is obligated to help you get back to work. Returning to work is a team effort, so there are things you must also do to play your part.
What is my role?
Your role is to take part in all rehabilitation designed to assist your recovery, as soon as you can after your injury. It’s important that you're also part of planning your return to work, together with your employer.
What are my responsibilities?
- See a doctor straight away and let your employer know what has happened.
- Make sure any forms needed are filled out properly and signed, including an incident report.
- Take part in recommended medical treatment and rehabilitation programs.
- Make sure you’ve given a copy of all current work capacity certificates to WorkCover and your employer.
- Actively take part in planning your return to work, together with your employer and make every effort to get back to work.
- Talk openly and honestly with your doctor, WorkCover, and your employer and update them regularly.
- If you can’t do your normal tasks at work, be prepared to do other work until you can. Your employer will help you with this.
- Make sure you let WorkCover (or employer, if they’re self-insured) know if anything changes such as; your condition or treatment; if you receive Centrelink benefits; or you return to work of any sort.