In the NT, a ‘worker’ for workers' compensation purposes is a person who provides work or service for another person and does not provide that other person with their Australian Business Number (ABN) in writing.
If you employ a contractors or subcontractors (who is not an employer of another person), then unless the contractor or subcontractor notifies you, in writing, of a number that is, or purports to be the ABN of that contractor or subcontractor for the purposes of the work or service, then that contractor or subcontractor is a ‘worker’.
Suitable duties are short-term work duties agreed between the employer, the injured worker and treating doctor, to assist the injured worker’s rehabilitation. Suitable duties must comply with a current medical certificate.
If your injured worker has some capacity for work, but cannot return fully to their normal role, as the employer you are responsible for providing suitable duties. Providing suitable duties for injured workers significantly improves recovery timeframes, Return-to-Work rates and claims outcomes.
An Injury Management Plan (IMP) is developed by your GIO case officer in consultation with the employer, injured worker and treating doctor. This Plan outlines the steps required to assist the injured worker to get back to work and establishes the agreed Return-to-Work goal. The responsibilities of the injured worker, treating doctor and employer are also included in the Injury Management Plan.
A Return-To-Work Plan outlines the duties to be provided to the injured worker in the form of a written action plan that explains how you will help your injured worker stay at work while they recover. This plan is to be supplied to all parties.