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Rehabilitation management system - Compliance with the legislation

Why is this important?

It is mandatory to comply with the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act), the SRC regulations and the Rehabilitation Guidelines for Employers (the section 41 guidelines).

The rehabilitation guidelines issued by Comcare under s. 41 of the SRC Act require employers to have in place a rehabilitation policy to assist them to perform and exercise their functions and powers and so achieve appropriate return to work outcomes for their injured employees. The rehabilitation policy should outline the commitment of the employer and describe how injuries will be managed by the organisation.

The current guidelines are under review to clarify minimal requirements of the employers including requirements for a rehabilitation management system.

A rehabilitation management system needs to include a documented statement of senior management’s commitment to providing effective rehabilitation to the employer’s employees. It benchmarks the employer’s objectives and is used to formulate strategic direction.

The rehabilitation management system needs to be accessible to all employees.

Page last updated: 04 Nov 2013