S18 of the Return to Work Act – A Review of the New Landscape (Re-Run)

The impact of the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) on employers as we reach 4 years since the commencement of the Act.

Section 18 of the Act provides that the employer of a worker who has been incapacitated due to a work injury must provide suitable employment to that worker unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so. As a result, we have seen a significant increase in the number of applications to the South Australian Employment Tribunal for the provision of suitable employment with the pre-injury employer.

During this seminar, Patrick Walsh will discuss a number of cases concerning the interpretation of aspects of section 18, some of his experiences at the Tribunal and the lessons that can be drawn regarding these applications.

Tony Matkovic and Harry Tsekouras (ProActiv People) will also provide an overview of the best practices that employers can engage to successfully rehabilitate injured worker’s within the new timeframes imposed by the Act, which can also help reduce an employer’s premium.

Date & Time

Wednesday 07 August 2019
8:00am – 9:00am
Light breakfast will be provided


DW Fox Tucker Lawyers
L14, 100 King William Street, Adelaide


No charge – event provided compliments of DW Fox Tucker Lawyers and ProActiv People


Friday 02 August 2019
e: events@dwfoxtucker.com.au
p: 8124 1811

Our Presenters

Patrick Walsh Director, DW Fox Tucker Lawyers
Patrick has a wealth of experience in the Employment and Workers Compensation space, assisting employers to get better outcomes and reduce liabilities. He regularly advises employers on employment contracts and workplace policies; Fair Work Act compliance; unfair dismissal and general protections claims; the industrial aspects of buying/selling businesses; and representing self-insured and registered employers in workers compensation claims.

Tony Matkovic Chief Executive Officer, ProActiv People
Tony has over 20 years of corporate experience in strategic and operational management, continuous improvement and change and relationship management, including 10 years within the workers compensation arena. Tony has tertiary qualifications in Mechanical Engineering (Hons), Project Management.

Harry Tsekouras Operations Manager SA & NSW, ProActiv People
Harry has over 20 years experience in senior national workers compensation roles including large corporates – Allianz Workers Compensation and Wesfarmers – and national injury management organisations. Harry has tertiary qualifications in Arts (Sociology) Social Administration, Certificate IV Training and Assessment – Train the Trainer and Management Systems Auditing Qualifications.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh
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