If an accident, injury or illness occurs at work, your medical treatment is covered by the University's Workers Compensation Insurance. This is a no fault insurance cover and it does not matter why you were injured, provided it was part of your work activities.
If medical treatment is required, or you lose any time from work, you must get a WorkCover Medical Certificate from your treating doctor. This certificate must be forwarded to the Safety Officer that looks after workers compensation as soon as practicable after it has been issued. If possible, ask your doctor to have a copy faxed through to the Health and Safety Team.
Once this certificate or an incident report has been received, our Safety Officer that looks after workers compensation will contact you to explain the claims process.
The doctors at the medical centres on campus have specific skills and experience in managing workers compensation injuries, however, you can choose your own treating doctor.
Our workers compensation insurer is Employers Mutual Limited, policy number is W85133016.
If you are injured or develop an illness through the course of your employment and your work is determined to be a substantial contributing factor to your injury or illness, you may be eligible to receive workers compensation benefits in relation to the injury under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998. These Acts provide a system of compensation for workplace injuries, and assists injured workers to return to work.
Anyone who is a 'worker' or 'deemed worker' under the Act, is eligible to lodge a compensation claim. Lodging a claim does not imply any commitment to the acceptance of the claim or of liability.
A 'worker' includes:
- those who work for an employer under an oral or written contract of service or apprenticeship
- 'deemed' workers
- full-time, part-time or casual workers
Full definitions are available from WorkCover.
If an accident, injury or illness occurs and medical treatment is required or you lose any time from work you should:
- Complete an online incident report within 24 hours of the accident, injury or illness occurring. This report does not constitute a claim for workers compensation, but is part of the workers compensation process.
- Once this report or a WorkCover Medical Certificate is received by the Health and Safety Team, the Safety Officer looking after workers compensation will contact you to explain the claims' process.
If you believe you may be eligible to lodge a workers compensation claim please contact Sarah Harris, Safety Officer.