Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I have to advise the University if I have any pre-existing injuries or diseases prior to commencing my employment?
  2. If I injure myself at work, do I have to lodge a worker's compensation (WorkSafe Worker’s Injury) claim?
  3. If I lodge a WorkSafe Worker’s Injury Claim form, will this affect my employment?
  4. Do I have to participate in a return to work plan?
  5. What if I disagree with the duties or hours offered in my return to work plan?
  6. I work a second job and now that I am injured I cannot work at all. How will this affect any compensation I receive?
  7. Can I choose my own Occupational Rehabilitation Provider?

Do I have to advise the University if I have any pre-existing injuries or diseases prior to commencing my employment?

Yes. Prior to commencing employment, the University will ask you, in writing, about any pre-existing injuries and diseases that could be affected by the described work duties.  We will also advise in writing that failure to disclose or making a false or misleading disclosure may result in you not having any compensation entitlement for recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of the pre-existing injury or disease.  Our aim is to provide a safe workplace for you and other workers.  By providing us with relevant medical information, we can make reasonable adjustments and modifications to assist you in safely meeting the inherent requirements of your position.  As an employer we still have obligations under the equal employment opportunity and disability discrimination laws.

If I injure myself at work, do I have to lodge a worker's compensation (WorkSafe Worker’s Injury) claim?

You can decide whether you wish to lodge a WorkSafe Worker’s Injury Claim form following an injury.   However, the University requires all staff members who have been injured at work to complete an Injury Report Form and submit this to Risk Health and Safety. By completing an injury report at the time of injury you will have a clear recollection of what occurred, the University can register your injury for reporting purposes and it ensures there is a record of the injury if you require treatment or choose to lodge a WorkSafe Worker’s Injury Claim form in the future.  Failure to make an injury report at the time of injury may result in future delays in claims processing and determination of liability.

We will always encourage you to obtain any necessary treatment as soon as possible following injury or illness.  For a minor injury you may be eligible to participate in the Injury Support Program.  Please discuss your support options with our Wellbeing and Injury Management Consultant.

If I lodge a WorkSafe Worker’s Injury Claim form, will this affect my employment?

The University is committed to supporting the recovery and return to work of staff who suffer a work caused injury or illness.   Under the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013, the University is obliged, to the extent that it is reasonable, to provide pre-injury or suitable duties to a staff member for 52 weeks from the date a staff member submits a Certificate of Capacity or a Worker’s Injury Claim form, whichever is sooner.

Do I have to participate in a return-to-work plan?

Yes.  If you are receiving compensation payments and fail to reasonably participate in a return to work plan your entitlement to compensation may be terminated.

Every effort is made by the University to provide duties in a return to work plan that are suitable to your physical and medical capabilities.  Return to work plans are developed following consultation with yourself, your treating doctor and your supervisor.  Download the WorkSafe guide ‘Returning to work: A guide for injured workers’.

What if I disagree with the duties or hours offered in my return to work plan?

If you disagree with the duties offered in your return to work plan you should speak to your treating doctor and advise both the Wellbeing and Injury Management Consultant and the Insurer that you feel the duties are not suitable. You may be requested to provide medical or other evidence as to why you disagree with the existing plan.

I work a second job and now that I am injured I cannot work at all.  How will this affect any compensation I receive?

If you have a second job and are injured while working for the University, you will need to provide our WorkCover Insurer with evidence of your secondary employment. There is a section on the claim form that requests this information. You will also be required to provide proof of employment for your second job, such as the employer's name, contact details and current payslips, hours of work, etc. If appropriate, the Insurer will calculate your entitlement to compensation based on the wages you receive from both jobs.

Can I choose my own occupational rehabilitation provider?

Yes.  If you are entitled to receive occupational rehabilitation, our WorkSafe Insurer will provide you with a list of occupational rehabilitation providers to choose from.   Further information on occupational rehabilitation services can be found at WorkSafe Victoria: Occupational Rehabilitation.