Just a reminder that WorkSafe Victoria ( Victorian WorkCover Authority) has stated that as of 1 March 2015, the new certificate of capacity will be mandatory if injured workers are to receive their weekly payments when off work.
New WorkSafe Vic certificate of capacity mandatory 1 March
As previously posted,the “new” WorkSafe Vic certificate of capacity was first introduced on 1 July 2014, with the Victorian WorkCover Authority/WorkSafe Vic advising that the previous, simpler certificates would still be accepted until January 2015. WorkSafe Vic has stated that this grace period has now ended, and only injured workers covered by the new certificates of capacity will be entitled to their weekly payments of compensation from 1 March 2015.
The “new” WorkSafe Vic certificates put a much more demanding burden on injured workers as well as on their treating doctors. The new WorkSafe Vic Certificate of capacity are two pages long (rather than the former 1 page), and require the treating doctor to give a diagnosis, make an “assessment” of the physical and mental function of the injured worker, outline what the planned treatment is, and assess what the injured worker’s “capacity” is for everyday activities such as sitting, standing, bending, squatting and kneeling.
You can find information sheets about the new WorkSafe Vic certificates of capacity on the WorkSafe Vic/VWA website:
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