Manual of Policies and Procedures

B/7.6 Workers' compensation

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment

Approval Date

11/04/2014

Approval Authority

Vice-Chancellor and President

Date of Next Review

31/03/2017

7.6.1 Workers' compensation coverage for QUT staff
7.6.2 Application for compensation
7.6.3 Compensation entitlements when working outside Queensland
7.6.4 Volunteers and other honorary roles
7.6.5 Workplace rehabilitation rights and responsibilities
Related Documents
Modification History

7.6.1 Workers' compensation coverage for QUT staff

QUT is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff members while at work. However, where staff members sustain a work-related injury or illness, QUT has an insurance policy to provide workers’ compensation as required under the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld).  The Health, Safety and Environment Department coordinates workers' compensation claims.

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7.6.2 Application for compensation

Further information regarding accident and safety reporting at QUT and workers' compensation application procedures and entitlements are available from the Health, Safety and Environment webpage in the Digital Workplace (QUT staff access only).

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7.6.3 Compensation entitlements when working outside Queensland

A QUT staff member who works outside of Queensland, either interstate or overseas, for a period of less than six months, will be covered in their employment by the QUT workers' compensation insurance policy.

However, if a staff member is working outside of Queensland for longer than 6 months, QUT holds other insurance policies and additional insurance cover may be required. Supervisors of such staff members should contact their human resources advisors for advice to meet individual employment arrangements.

Further information is available from the Health, Safety and Environment website. Staff members preparing to travel overseas should read and comply with the University’s Travel policy (G/5.5).

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7.6.4 Volunteers and other honorary roles

Voluntary workers and other officers of the University who are not paid staff members will be covered under QUT’s Voluntary Workers Personal Accident Insurance Policy if injured in the course of acting on behalf of QUT.

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7.6.5 Workplace rehabilitation rights and responsibilities

QUT recognises that helping staff members to stay at work or make an early and safe return to work after an injury minimises the impact on them and their families. QUT supports injured staff members by having a system of workplace rehabilitation. QUT’s rehabilitation and return to work coordinator provides advice to staff members and supervisors to facilitate remaining at work or return to work, in keeping with medical guidance (Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld); Workplace Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures).

Injured staff members have the right to: workplace rehabilitation; confidential record keeping of personal health and compensation information; safe, suitable duties aligned with medical guidance; and access to an impartial grievance mechanism in accordance with QUT policy and procedure.

Injured staff members also maintain responsibilities to: advise their treating doctor of the availability of workplace rehabilitation; actively participate in workplace rehabilitation; and maintain timely communication with their treating doctor, supervisor, rehabilitation and return to work coordinator, and insurer about rehabilitation and suitable duties.

QUT is committed to:

  • promoting a culture of acceptance for workplace rehabilitation and reasonable workplace adjustment
  • monitoring and supporting the progress of workplace rehabilitation in consultation with key parties, including the injured staff member, supervisor, treating doctor, rehabilitation and return to work coordinator and insurer
  • ensuring the provision of safe, suitable duties as soon as is medically practicable, which are developed via consultation between key parties
  • maintaining confidentiality of health, medical, rehabilitation and compensation information (Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld); Workplace Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures).

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Related Documents

MOPP A/2.5 Risk management

MOPP A/9.1 Health, safety and environment framework

MOPP B/7.7 Workplace rehabilitation policy

MOPP G/5.5 Travel

Workers' Compensation (QUT staff access only)

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)

Work Health and Safety Regulation (Qld)


Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014 (Qld)

Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
12.03.14

B/7.6.1

Council Revised policy to reflect approved new department titled Health, Safety and Environment and new appointment of Director, Health, Safety and Environment
11.04.14 All Vice-Chancellor Revised Policy
21.07.10 All Vice-Chancellor Periodic review - policy revised
10.06.05 All Registrar Policy reviewed (no change required)
31.01.01 All Human Resources Department Updated

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