New guidelines for workplace return to work programs

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has updated the ‘Guidelines for workplace return to work programs’.

Following extensive stakeholder consultation, the updated guidelines came into effect on 31 May 2017 and replace the version released in 2010.

Employers should update their return to work (RTW) program to ensure it complies with these guidelines at the next scheduled review. All RTW programs must comply with these guidelines within two years from the date of effect, but in the interim must meet the requirements of the 2010 guidelines.

The update means reduced regulatory burden, improved customer experience and importantly, improved recovery at work outcomes for workers with a work related injury or illness.

The guidelines will support, inform and guide employers and other stakeholders in the development of an effective workplace RTW program. Learn more about the changes and how they affect you on the SIRA website.

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