Return to work plans
56% of Australian workers report having a RTW plan, however this varies by jurisdiction
Having a RTW plan means you are
more likely to return to work
37% more likely to have had a RTW plan
89% more likely to have a written RTW plan
Workers' making claims for mental health conditions are:
75% less likely to feel supported by their employer and 47% less likely to receive a RTW plan than workers claiming for musculoskeletal conditions.
More likely to have concerns about making a claim
More likely to experience longer lasting claims
Less likely to report having a positive experience with their employer during the claim process
Government employees are 2x more likely to make a mental health claim than other industries
Compared to scheme insurers, workers employed by self-insurers are more likely to:
Have shorter time between claim lodgement and claim decision
Feel supported in making a workers' compensation claim
Report having had a return to work plan
Report having returned to work at the time they were surveyed
These highlights were taken from the following reports or publications
Return to Work Plans for Injured Australian Workers: Overview and Association with Return to Work.
Comparison of Return to Work Practices and Outcomes in Self-Insured and Scheme-Insured Organisations.
Long-Term Workers' Compensation Claims in Australia.