Your questions answered: Do we have to provide a return to work co-ordinator?

By Jeff Salton on June 22nd, 2018
  1. Work Health & Safety Act
  2. Workplace health & safety regulations


Is it a legal requirement to have a return to work co-ordinator in each state the business is based in? Does the business need a certain number of employees in the state before this is required? Also, do return to work coordinators need formal certification?


In some jurisdictions, you are legally required to appoint a return to work coordinator to assist with any return to work programs.

For example, in South Australia, this requirement applies to all employers with more than 30 employees.

Whereas in NSW, a return to work coordinator is required by:

  • category 1 employers whose basic tariff premium exceeds $50,000 annually;
  • self-insurers; and
  • employers insured by a specialised insurer who employ more than 20 people.

In addition, subject to certain exemptions, in NSW the return to work coordinator
must hold:

  • a certificate proving they have attended the WorkCover 2-day course (Introduction to Return to Work Coordination);
  • a certificate proving they have attended the 2-day WorkCover training course for rehabilitation coordinators (conducted prior to February 1995); or
  • a letter from the Insurance Regulation Branch agreeing to exempt the return to work coordinator from participating in the above training.

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