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‘Wages’ is the total gross earnings of your workers before you deduct tax.
A ‘Worker’ includes apprentices, working directors of the company, family members engaged in the business and in certain cases, contractors.
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.
If an employer receives a notice of injury you must provide your worker with a written notice informing them of their right to make a claim under the Act within 14 days.
An employer must have worker’s compensation insurance and if asked, be able to provide their insurer’s name and address. An employer must also prominently display at each workplace a summary of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, together with details of their insurance coverage.
Employers with more than 50 employees must also:
- Provide their insurer with a list of suitable alternative duties within 60 days of taking out or renewing an insurance policy;
Appoint a return-to-work coordinator (RTWC) who must be assigned to a worker who suffers an injury likely to result in incapacity of more than 5 working days.
The employer must provide suitable duties for workers when they are unable to return to their normal duties after an injury, unless they are of the opinion that it would be unreasonable or impracticable to do so.
The IM Program outlines procedures for handling workplace injuries. In conjunction with this program when a worker is injured, a RTW plan or IM plan should be developed and tailored to suit the particular needs of the individual who is injured.
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.
Subject to appropriate workers’ compensation medical certificates, the maximum duration of weekly compensation payments is generally linked to the level of a worker’s “Whole Person Impairment” ( WPI).
A worker who suffers a permanent impairment as a result of a work injury may also be entitled to receive a lump sum payment for the impairment involved.
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.
If the employer or worker wishes to alter the rate of weekly compensation payments being made, a reference needs to be filed with the Tribunal seeking a review of those payments.
Questions, queries or disputes regarding weekly compensation and/or other benefits may in the first instance be directed your GIO Case Officer. Any query regarding workers compensation may also be directed to Workplace Standards Tasmania, which operates a free information and assistance service. Phone 1300 366 322 (inside Tasmania)
A "recurrence" is when the symptoms of a previous injury recur spontaneously without any external cause. This would result in the "old" claim being reopened. An "aggravation" is when symptoms of a pre-existing injury are increased by a new and definable event.