NSW: WorkCover Issues Information for Employees

WorkCover-logo-250x313 (2)WorkCover has issues some useful information on its website for employees.

What should I do if my employer can’t provide suitable work? 

As the worker, you should contact the insurer and tell them your employer cannot offer suitable work. A weekly benefit will be paid to you while you are actively seeking work or engaged in return to work activity.

The insurer should tell you what you are expected to do during this period and this will be documented in an injury management plan.
You must:

  • take reasonable steps to find suitable work with some other employer and if you find suitable work you must accept it or your workers compensation benefits will be stopped
  • be willing to accept work that is within your abilities and circumstances, or
  • undertake rehabilitation and/or retraining needed to improve your chances of getting suitable work.

How do I use my plant operators licence (eg forklift) in other states? 

If your licence is a nationally uniform certificate of competency issued by WorkCover NSW, it is automatically recognised throughout Australia.

Also, nationally uniform certificates issued by another state allow the holder to work in NSW.

Although some states and territories do not issue certicates for the operation of all classes of loadshifting equipment, certificates issued in NSW on a national card are recognised as evidence of a person’s competency in the area.

A person from a state or territory that does not issue certificates for loadshifting equipment must obtain a certificate of competency in NSW by undertaking an assessment with an accredited assessor.

Can I claim workers compensation for injuries suffered whilst travelling to/from work?

Workers compensation benefits are available for injuries suffered in the course of journeys where there is a substantial connection between the person’s employment and the incident out of which the injury arose.

You can lodge a claim with your employer’s insurer in the usual way and they will decide if compensation is payable.



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