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March 2018 – Working with employers to improve Return to Work outcomes in NSW

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), working with SafeWork NSW, is looking at ways to improve Return to Work (RTW) outcomes in NSW and to help all NSW employers manage their RTW obligations as laid out under Chapter 3 of the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.

The RTW Project is a special initiative and, following success in the general NSW workers compensation scheme, has now commenced with NSW specialised insurers, including Coal Mines Insurance (CMI).

SIRA uses claims data to identify workers who may be at risk of a delayed RTW – for example: a worker who may be fit for suitable duties but who has not yet returned to work. That data is then passed on to a SafeWork NSW RTW Inspector who may then contact the employer to review their RTW Program to understand and work through any barriers or issues to support a safe and durable return to work.

The SafeWork NSW RTW Inspector may also contact the worker to verify any of the information provided by the employer.

The project will commence with CMI insured employers in Q2 2018 and run for about nine months. Employers may be contacted by SafeWork NSW from April 2018.

You may wish to review your RTW Program to ensure it complies with SIRA’s Guidelines for Workplace Return to Work Programs. Information for employers is available from the SIRA website or you may like to view their webinar.

Please see the FAQs for further information about the RTW Project. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Luke Roberts, CMI Head of Claims Operations on (02) 8270 3245 or email luke.roberts@coalservices.com.au