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Policy: Rehabilitation


This policy is intended to provide a safe workplace as well as deliver the best rehabilitation outcomes for all Australian National University employees in the event of a workplace injury. It sets the direction for its rehabilitation management system through a documented commitment by senior executive which is relevant to the organisation’s overall values, vision and business objectives.


The University is committed to helping our people return, as soon as possible, to full and gainful employment following injury or illness. We are dedicated to providing a rehabilitation program, which is continuously reviewed and monitored to improve our injury management activities and minimise time away from the workplace for our staff. In developing injury management plans, together with injured or ill employees, consideration will be given to individual circumstances.


This policy applies to all employees across the University.

Policy statement

1. The University is committed to the following:

  • Preventing workplace injuries and illnesses by providing a safe and healthy working environment
  • Providing early reporting systems and intervention procedures that will enable injured employees to stay at work or return to work as soon as possible in line with medica guidelines.
  • Facilitating the durable return to work of employees, by assisting with the safe and early integration back into the workplace, and minimisation of time away from the workplace
  • Defining, documenting and communicating the areas of accountability and responsibility for executive, senior managers and employees involved in the rehabilitation process
  • Advising our people of their rights and responsibilities for injury management
  • Facilitating participation in an injury or illness management program appropriate to an injured or ill employee’s medical recovery
  • Providing our people with relevant information about injury management including their rehabilitation rights and obligations
  • Maintaining confidentiality of personal information in accordance with applicable legislation
  • Managing claims in an equitable, timely and efficient manner, consistent with applicable legislation and self-insurance requirements
  • Complying with applicable injury management and rehabilitation legislation
  • Engaging appropriately qualified experts, both internally and externally, to assist in the management of injury

Leadership and culture

2. At the University, we promote excellence in health and safety leadership and a positive culture of health and safety through:

  • Encouraging and supporting innovative and effective rehabilitation practices
  • Ensuring compliance with the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
  • Determining, in consultation with our employees, their best rehabilitation requirements and outcomes
  • Improving the University’s rehabilitation performance

Responsibility and authority

3. Responsibility and authority under this policy operates at three levels:

  • Executive: provides leadership to ensure communication of this policy and effective implementation.
  • Senior Managers: supports managers and supervisors in fulfilling their responsibilities and accountabilities.
  • Employees: comply with this policy and the associated procedures as well as report injuries as soon as practicable and actively participate in workplace rehabilitation

Updated:   28 February 2018 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team