Queensland: An employer must appoint a Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator (RRTWC) who is based in Queensland and is employed by the employer under a contract of service. From 1 July 2020, an employer is required to submit details of their appointed RRTWC to their insurer (see amendments to Section 226 of the Act).
The prescribed details include:
It is the employer’s responsibility to assess the risks and needs of their workers and workplaces and ensure that they have engaged RRTWCs who are appropriately qualified. Appropriately qualified means having the qualifications, experience or standing appropriate to perform the function.
Please contact Altius Group if you would like to discuss options to outsource this role, remain compliant and achieve positive Return to Work outcomes for your organisation.
New South Wales: Key changes to NSW Work Health and Safety laws commenced on 10 June 2020. A bill passed by the NSW Parliament in June, enacted a number of reforms that will make the lives of workers and business owners healthier, safer and more productive.
These reforms will also assist in improving compliance and enforcement measures for the NSW WHS regulators. The reforms include:
These changes place greater emphasis on the need for workplaces to check for any gaps in WHS compliance and to ensure their WHS management systems are adequate to prevent claims.
Altius Group WHS consultants support workplaces with a range of WHS support services, scalable to meet your business needs – from once off advice through to comprehensive WHS Gap Analysis and reviews. Our services and software solutions are designed to support WHS improvements across all industries.