Return to Work Act

The Cost of Workers Compensation in an Ageing Workforce

February 1, 2022

Australia has an ageing population and, as a result, an ageing workforce. It is predicted that there will be an average premium increase...

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Obligations Under the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA): All for One, but Not Necessarily One for All!

October 26, 2021

South Australian Employment Tribunal confirms that section 18 of the Return to Work Act 2014 does not apply beyond the parties to the...

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Evaluating the Cause(s) of Impairments Comes Down to “Common Sense”

May 14, 2021

The Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia “doubles-down” on its reasons in Preedy but fails to articulate a straightforward test...

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Managing Your Workforce in a Stand Down

April 3, 2020

What are the implications for workers performing modified duties pursuant to the Return to Work Act? A lot of business are currently faced...

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Assessor or Adjudicator?

February 13, 2020

Three recent decisions in the SAET have served to highlight the difficulty in remediating incorrect impairment assessments under the Return to Work 2014...

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De-mystifying ReturnToWorkSA Premiums

April 5, 2019

ReturnToWorkSA (“RTWSA”) provides South Australian employers with insurance to protect their business and their workers in the event of a work-related injury. The...

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The Parliamentary Inquiry in the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA)

August 17, 2016

An Investigation in the Known Unknowns and the Unknown Unknowns Recently it has been announced that the Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety Rehabilitation...

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The Return To Work Act Revisited

May 26, 2016

Issues for employers and unintended consequences The Return to Work Scheme came under fire late last year for inadequately providing for police injured...

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Reinstatement Under the Return to Work Act

April 1, 2016

The South Australian Employment Tribunal delivers first course in the Section 18 moveable feast! In what is likely to be a very contentious...

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Return to Work SA ‘Consultation Paper’ In Relation to Proposed Changes to the Policy on Self Insurance

February 4, 2016

Deceitful Dishonest Disingenuous  Return to Work SA (“RTWSA”) is proposing that there be dramatic changes for those employers who are currently self-insured in...

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Dealing With Injured Employees

November 24, 2015

When does an employer have the right to terminate the employment relationship? In a decision which could be an indication as to how...

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Return to Work SA Update

October 26, 2015

The upside and the downside In mid-September Return to Work SA released the 2014-15 figures which show an improved scheme financial and return...

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When Will You Be Liable For The Doctor’s Mistakes?

December 4, 2013

Employers may not be aware that the liability for workers who receive negligent medical treatment for compensable injuries, which aggravates pre-existing injuries and...

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WorkCover: Where to From Here?

November 13, 2013

Deputy Premier John Rau has declared that WorkCover is “buggered” and he has promised a “root and branch” recasting of the scheme to...

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New Employer Payments System 2012

December 22, 2011

The Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Employer Payments) Amendment Bill 2011 has been passed by Parliament with the new Employer Payments System expected to...

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Supreme Court of SA Decide Issues Relating to the Medical Panel

October 1, 2010

Self insured employers may have experienced cases where an injured worker declines to attend a medical examination by the Medical Panel upon legal...

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