When are Employers required to prepare Return to Work Plans?

  • Employers are required to develop Return to Work Plans when
  • total or partial incapacity exceeds 5 business days and is ongoing
  • incapacity relates to only one diagnosed condition
  • the incapacity is not deemed as a significant or complex injury
  • the medical treatment plan recommends conservative treatment
  • Employers are required to prepare Return to Work Plans to suit the needs of the individual who is injured and assist and promote optimal return to work outcomes.
  • Return to Work Plans will be agreed to, prepared and implemented within 10 business days from the date of the consultation with the Primary Treating Medical Practitioner as indicated on the medical certificate.
  • GIO will engage with employers to ensure these plans are prepared and implemented within the required timeframe