Duty of Care to Your Injured Employees
As an employer you have an obligation to ensure that your employees are protected from health and safety risks arising out of their work activities.
In the event that one of your employees sustains a workplace injury or illness it is your business's responsibility to assist the injured worker with seeking first aid or medical treatment.
An injured worker is entitled to nominate their own treating doctor or medical practitioner who will be responsible for a medical assessment of their injury, providing them with a medical certificate and medical treatment if required.
An employer must notify WorkCover Tasmania as soon as possible on 1300 366 322 if they are given notice of a serious event in the workplace that:
- requires or could require the employee to be hospitalised
- involved the death of a worker
- resulted in a worker being incapable of work for more than 7 days
Early Claims Notification Requirements
If your business receives notice of an injury you must provide your worker with a written notice informing them of their right to make a claim under the Act (The form of this notice is set by WorkCover Tasmania) within 14 days.
You can notify us by either:
If the injury results in (or is likely to result in) total or partial incapacity you must also notify GIO within 3 business days.
Once you receive a claim for compensation, you must notify GIO within 3 business days. You are also legally required to complete the employer section of the claim form and forward it to GIO within 5 business days.
If an employee suffers a serious injury or death, you must notify WorkCover Tasmania immediately on (03) 6233 7657 (outside Tasmania) or 1300 366 322 (within Tasmania).
How to Lodge an Insurance Claim
To lodge a workers compensation claim you need to:
- Provide your injured worker with a Worker's Claim for Compensation form
- Obtain a completed 'Injured Worker's Details' section of the Claim form from your injured worker
- Obtain an 'Initial Workers Compensation Medical Certificate' from your injured worker
- Complete the 'Employer's Details' section of a Claim form, available from GIO or WorkCover Tasmania
- Forward the completed Claim form and Worker's Compensation Medical Certificate, and any other relevant information, to GIO within 5 days from when your injured worker submitted the claim form to you.
Please provide all forms and documentation either by:
- Fax: 03 6223 4174
Frequently asked questions
‘Wages’ is the total gross earnings of your workers before you deduct tax.
The excess is equivalent to the first weekly rate payment payable under the Act (the period may be increased up to 4 weekly rate payments) in respect of each injury plus the first $200 of any other benefits.
An employer must notify WorkCover Tasmania as soon as possible on 1300 366 322 if they are given notice of a serious event in the workplace.
Weekly compensation payments are made to compensate a worker for their loss of income whilst they are injured and cannot perform all or some of their pre injury duties.
Generally, the cost of reasonable and necessary medical expenses incurred by the worker are covered for up to one year after their entitlement to weekly compensation payments ceases.