Making a Workers' Compensation Claim
A staff member injured whilst working is entitled to lodge a workers' compensation claim.
To lodge a claim, the staff member must consult a registered medical practitioner (doctor), advise the treating doctor that the injury is work related and obtain a Work Capacity Certificate from the doctor.
The staff member must then complete the relevant workers' compensation claim form (see below) for medical and associated costs, and forward this with the Work Capacity Certificate to the WHS Unit.
If time is lost from work, the staff member must also submit a leave form, with the workers' compensation box ticked, indicating hours lost. This form must be signed by the supervisor.
Download Leave form .
Download Return to Work SA Workers Compensation Claim Form (for staff located in South Australia)
Download WorkSafe Victoria Worker's Injury Claim Form (for staff located in Victoria)
Download NT Work Safe Workers' Compensation Claim Form (for staff located in the Northern Territory)
Note: the staff member is legally responsible for all medical and associated costs until the claim has been accepted. Accounts should therefore be addressed to the staff member, NOT the University.
What happens next?
The WHS Unit will notify the staff member, supervisor, Dean of School/Divisional Head that the claim has been lodged.
The University's Claims Management Unit will advise the staff member, supervisor, Dean of School/Divisional Head whether or not the claim has been accepted.
If the claim is accepted, all accounts for medical expenses relating to that injury must be forwarded to the WHS Unit for processing and payment. This includes all accounts from approved treating practitioners (physiotherapist etc), travel expenses and pharmaceutical expenses related to the treatment programme.
Download Travel record form (DOC 124KB)
Workers' Compensation and Field Trips
The South Australian Return to Work Act, 2014 and the Victorian Workers Compensation Act 1958 exclude compensation for injuries arising from everyday travel to and from a staff member's home and work.
The Northern Territory Return to Work Act does provide for compensation for injuries arising from everyday travel to and from a staff member's home and work except if the accident involved a motor vehicle.
In the case of field trips:
- If a staff member undertakes a field trip starting from/returning to University premises then injuries arising during travel to and from the field trip will be covered under return to work legislation, as it is clear that the travel relates to the staff member's work.
- If a staff member undertakes a field trip starting from/returning to the staff member's private residence, then injuries arising during travel to and from the field trip may be covered under the legislation.
Whether or not particular circumstances relating to travel undertaken during a field trip are covered by the legislation can only be determined when all the circumstances relating to a particular claim are evaluated.