The Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 requires that a Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator be appointed to a workplace and that rehabilitation be provided to a suitable standard . The legislated standard for workplace rehabilitation in Queensland is detailed in Part 6, Division 3 of the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2003.
To meet this requirement, the department's Workplace Rehabilitation Procedure states that every school or workplace should have access to a Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator and the Coordinator must be able to satisfactorily discharge their responsibilities in accordance with legislation.
As a result of legislative changes to the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2013, Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinators (RRTWC) are no longer required to be accredited to carry out their roles. It is now the responsibility of the employer to ascertain that an individual employee is 'appropriately qualified' to carry out a RRTWC role in the context of the environment they are working in.
To ensure departmental staff are ‘appropriately qualified’ the Organisational Safety and Wellbeing Unit have developed a free, Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator Online Training Program, available through the Learning Place.
The purpose of this training is to provide new RRTWC’s (and those seeking a refresher) with the basic skills, knowledge and resources to undertake the role of a RRTWC with confidence in their workplace.
Successful completion of the assessment activities will provide the beginning RRTWC with the essential knowledge to undertake the role. However, with all new learning, you will develop your skills with experience over time in the role. Ongoing mentoring and training is provided on a regional basis, and all RRTWCs are encouraged to remain active in their regional networks.
This free training program replaces the need for departmental staff to undertake training through external training providers.
This page was last reviewed on 19 February, 2016 at 03:48PM