Returning to work and injury management plans

Where a worker suffers a significant injury, the injury management co-ordinator assigned to them must ensure there is a plan for coordinating and managing the worker's treatment, rehabilitation and return to work.

Types of plans

There are 2 types of plans for managing a significant workplace injury: return to work plans and injury management plans.

The type of plan used depends on the time a worker is (or is likely to be) incapacitated for work.

Purposes of plans

Both plans ensure there is a consistent and agreed understanding of what is going to happen, and what to expect during the injury management process.

A return to work plan:

  • is a simple plan
  • is required where a worker is likely to be incapacitated for work for between 5 to 27 days
  • must be prepared within 5 days of the worker becoming incapacitated.

An injury management plan:

  • is a more comprehensive plan than a return to work plan
  • is required where a worker is likely to be incapacitated for work for 28 days or more
  • must be prepared within 5 days of the worker becoming incapacitated for more than 28 days.