Understanding your Obligations

Both you and your employer have obligations in relation to any injury you sustain at work.

What are your obligations?

If you are injured at work, you must:

  • notify your employer of any injury or illness as soon as possible after becoming aware of it
  • make a workers' compensation claim in order to receive payment for medical expenses and time lost due to medical appointments. In Tasmania you have 6 months following the date of occurrence to make a claim for compensation.
  • nominate your own treating doctor, usually a GP who agrees to participate in the planning of your return to the workforce
  • forward ongoing medical certificates, receipts and accounts for medical and other treatment to your employer or CGU if your employer ceases to operate.
  • actively participate in treatment and planning your return to the workforce
  • participate in assessments to determine your capacity, rehabilitation progress and future employment prospects
  • make every reasonable effort to return to work within suitable duties
  • notify your employer immediately if you are receiving workers' compensation payments and you start working for another employer or you start your own business.
  • comply with all reasonable requests made by CGU with regard to your claim

If you don’t meet these obligations, your entitlement to weekly payments and medical and other expenses may be affected.

For further information about employee obligations, please contact WorkCover TAS on (03) 6233 7657 (Outside Tasmania), 1300 366 322 (Inside Tasmania)

Your employer’s obligations

Your employer must:

  • allow you to visit a doctor
  • consult with you, your treating doctor and CGU about the plan for assisting your return to work
  • prepare a Return to Work Plan
  • provide you with employment that is suitable based on your work capacity, until you are able to return to your pre-injury duties

For further information about employer obligations, see the section on employer rights and responsibilities or contact WorkCover TAS on 03 6233 7657 (Outside Tasmania), 1300 366 322 (Inside Tasmania)

Your employer is not allowed to terminate your employment for making a claim.

Your treating doctor's obligations

Your treating doctor must:

  • recommend necessary treatment for your injury
  • fully complete WorkCover TAS medical certificates
  • monitor your progress regularly
  • consult with CGU and your employer to develop a plan for your return to the workforce.

CGU’s obligations

CGU’s responsibilities include:

  • determining liability for your workers compensation claim and advising you in writing
  • paying reasonable medical and treatment expenses in accordance with the Workers' Compensation Act.
  • keeping you informed of any matters affecting your claim.