RTW State View - Victoria
Agenda
1. VIC RTW performance
2. Why RTW
3. Employer and workers obligations
4. What next
Background – Scheme RTW performance
Background – Scheme RTW performance
Victorian RTW performance – it depends on what gets measured
Safework Australia - Retu...
Background – Scheme RTW performance
Victorian RTW performance – it depends on what gets measured
Safework Australia - Curr...
Background – Scheme RTW performance
Victorian RTW performance – it depends on what gets measured
• RTW Index – VWA corpora...
Background – Scheme RTW performance
• Rehabilitation provider performance – SE significantly improved
OES RTW scorecard
40...
Background – Scheme RTW performance
• Rehabilitation provider performance – NE RTW rates flat or deteriorating
NES RTW sco...
Background – Scheme RTW performance
• RTW performance some other observations
• Stress incidence increased significantly b...
Why RTW
• Health Benefits of work
Why RTW
• Health Benefits of work
Why RTW
• Premium impact
Why RTW
Premium impact
• Premium = costs (wages) x industry rate x remuneration
If large enough
• Premium = costs (wages) ...
Why RTW
Premium impact - so the best thing you can do is get workers back to work
Why RTW - Obligations
RTW Inspectorate
• Worksafe now have a field force of RTW Inspectors
– Provide advice and informatio...
Why RTW - Obligations
RTW Inspectorate
• Worksafe now have a field force of RTW Inspectors
– Provide advice and informatio...
Obligations - Employer
The Hanks changes in 2010/11 saw better acknowledgement of the activities
that lead to better RTW o...
Obligations
Obligations - Worker
The Hanks changes in 2010/11 saw better acknowledgement of the activities
that lead to better RTW out...
What next – for Victoria
• Focus on RTW index – watch for unintended consequences
• Sustained high unemployment - will mak...
Summary
• Know and use the legislation – meet your obligations
• RTW at all costs
• Utilise Occupational Rehabilitation fo...
Questions and Discussion
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David Sagar - State View VIC

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David Sagar delivered the presentation at the 2014 Return to Work Forum.

The 2014 Return to Work Forum brought together speakers from multiple sectors to share best practice in return to work, injury management and rehabilitation.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/returntowork14

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  1. 1. RTW State View - Victoria
  2. 2. Agenda 1. VIC RTW performance 2. Why RTW 3. Employer and workers obligations 4. What next
  3. 3. Background – Scheme RTW performance
  4. 4. Background – Scheme RTW performance Victorian RTW performance – it depends on what gets measured Safework Australia - Returned to Work Rate 2012/13 by country and Australian jurisdiction) (%)
  5. 5. Background – Scheme RTW performance Victorian RTW performance – it depends on what gets measured Safework Australia - Current Return to Work Rate 2012/13 by country and Australian jurisdiction (%)
  6. 6. Background – Scheme RTW performance Victorian RTW performance – it depends on what gets measured • RTW Index – VWA corporate KPI • What is it? – A measure of whether a worker is at work or not 182 days post agent received date – Current performance 21.4% (workers not at work) up/down from 21.9% or 0.5% improvement – 2017 Target is for a 10 – 15% improvement in number of people not at work
  7. 7. Background – Scheme RTW performance • Rehabilitation provider performance – SE significantly improved OES RTW scorecard 40.00% 42.00% 44.00% 46.00% 48.00% 50.00% 52.00% 54.00% Apr-11 May-11 Jun-11 Jul-11 Aug-11 Sep-11 Oct-11 Nov-11 Dec-11 Jan-12 Feb-12 Mar-12 Apr-12 May-12 Jun-12 Jul-12 Aug-12 Sep-12 Oct-12 Nov-12 Dec-12 Jan-13 OES OES YTD target
  8. 8. Background – Scheme RTW performance • Rehabilitation provider performance – NE RTW rates flat or deteriorating NES RTW scorecard 17.00% 17.50% 18.00% 18.50% 19.00% 19.50% 20.00% 20.50% 21.00% 21.50% Apr-11 May-11 Jun-11 Jul-11 Aug-11 Sep-11 Oct-11 Nov-11 Dec-11 Jan-12 Feb-12 Mar-12 Apr-12 May-12 Jun-12 Jul-12 Aug-12 Sep-12 Oct-12 Nov-12 Dec-12 Jan-13 NES NES YTD target
  9. 9. Background – Scheme RTW performance • RTW performance some other observations • Stress incidence increased significantly but stabilised more recently – 8 – 10% of all claims but 30% of longer tail • RTW rates for stress improved • RTW rates for SMEs continue to be lower • Regional appears to be significantly harder – especially for NE • Victoria now has the highest unemployment rate in mainland
  10. 10. Why RTW • Health Benefits of work
  11. 11. Why RTW • Health Benefits of work
  12. 12. Why RTW • Premium impact
  13. 13. Why RTW Premium impact • Premium = costs (wages) x industry rate x remuneration If large enough • Premium = costs (wages) x industry rate x remuneration x experience Costs = actuals + estimate (Statistical case estimate (SCE)) • SCE is impacted by wage and medical payments as well as legal, impairment, common law and IME payments – up and down
  14. 14. Why RTW Premium impact - so the best thing you can do is get workers back to work
  15. 15. Why RTW - Obligations RTW Inspectorate • Worksafe now have a field force of RTW Inspectors – Provide advice and information – Assist meet obligations – Enforce the law • Targeted interventions – e.g. certified fit but no RTW • Sanctions can apply up to – 180 penalty units for an individual – 900 penalty units for a business
  16. 16. Why RTW - Obligations RTW Inspectorate • Worksafe now have a field force of RTW Inspectors – Provide advice and information – Assist meet obligations – Enforce the law • Targeted interventions – e.g. certified fit but no RTW • Sanctions can apply up to – $27,000 for an individual – $132,849 for a business
  17. 17. Obligations - Employer The Hanks changes in 2010/11 saw better acknowledgement of the activities that lead to better RTW outcomes. • Plan for your worker’s return to work • Consult about a worker’s return to work • Nominate and appoint a RTW Coordinator • Make RTW information available • Cooperate with labour hire employers • Provide employment (52 week obligation) • s194 – s 198A of the Accident Compensation Act • 103 – 108 of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC)
  18. 18. Obligations
  19. 19. Obligations - Worker The Hanks changes in 2010/11 saw better acknowledgement of the activities that lead to better RTW outcomes. • Participate in planning for return to work • Use occupational rehabilitation services • Participate in assessments • Return to work • Participate in an interview • Notify of return to work • s200 - 296 of the Accident Compensation Act • 111 – 117 of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC)
  20. 20. What next – for Victoria • Focus on RTW index – watch for unintended consequences • Sustained high unemployment - will make your long term claims harder to redeploy • Continue closures downsizing, layoffs etc. – these people are hard to redeploy • New models for Workplace rehabilitation – ? Some help to get detached workers ready for RTW • Possible change of Government?
  21. 21. Summary • Know and use the legislation – meet your obligations • RTW at all costs • Utilise Occupational Rehabilitation for your hard cases
  22. 22. Questions and Discussion
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