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Issue 386 - 5 December 2013

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New Workers' Compensation Regulator for Queensland

Q-COMP replaced by the Workers’ Compensation Regulator

In October 2013 the Queensland Parliament passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013. The Act includes a number of changes affecting both the structure of the Workers’ Compensation Regulator and management of workers’ compensation claims.

Workers who are injured prior to the introduction of this Act will have their claims dealt with under the legislation in force at the time of their injury

Most of the functions of Q-COMP have been integrated into the Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland (OFSWQ) creating a combined safety and compensation regulator in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. As a result of this merger, Q-COMP will now be known as the Workers' Compensation Regulator, Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland.

The former Q-COMP logo and brand will be phased out gradually to be replaced by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. During this transition process, the website will continue to operate and all Q-COMP documents, forms and templates can continue to be used until updated versions are available.

Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinators

One of the changes under the new Act now places responsibility on the employer / PCBU to ascertain that a RRTWC is appropriately qualified to carry out their role in the context of the environment in which they work. Employers can now choose that their RRTWCs have a range of qualifications including certificates, diplomas or other tertiary qualifications and industry experience.

To align with these changes NSCA offer a NEW Rehabilitation and Return to Work course across multiple QLD locations. This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the management of claims. It will address the necessary skills and knowledge to establish and/or maintain a system to manage the rehabilitation and early return to work of injured workers.

The course is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1 includes key definitions, terms and obligations as they apply to rehabilitation within a workplace, as required under the new legislation.
  • Part 2 focuses on the student’s ability to assist with the management of workers compensation and return-to-work claims and processes and will provide students with a variety of opportunities to discuss a wide range of cases, use the legislation and then apply it to a range of situations.
  • Note: Part 2 is accredited training and applies to “Assist with Claims Management, Rehabilitation and Return to Work Programs BSBWHS407A”; an elective unit of BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

For more information on the NSCA’s NEW Rehabilitation and Return to Work course read here.

For more information on the workers’ compensation legislation changes in Queensland read here.


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