COMPARISON OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION ARRANGEMENTS
STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES
NORTHERN TERRITORY
A.C.T.
NEW ZEALAND
No requirement under the Act for
The purpose of recent amendments to the Workers
The IPRC Act has introduced a requirement
employer to keep a position open for
Compensation Act 1951 is to establish a system that
for an employer to take all practicable steps
injured worker
aims to achieve the best results for the timely, safe and
to assist a claimant with their vocational
durable return to work of workers following workplace
But employer must take all
injuries. (Chap 5)
rehabilitation, if ACC notifies them that it is
reasonable steps to
This regime places obligations upon for insurers,
reasonably practicable for the claimant to
provide suitable employment and, if
workers, employers, and rehabilitation providers with
return to their usual employment with that
unable to do so, he/she must assist
respect to return to work objectives.  
employer.
worker to find alternative
Insurers must establish an injury management program,
employment
which is reviewed every 2 years.  A copy of the insurer's
injury management plan must be given to the Minister.
(S 88)
Insurers must give effect to the injury management
program by complying with the obligations of the
program, ensuring that each employer insured by the
insurer is aware of their obligations and the
requirements of the insurer's injury management
program.  (S 89)
Insurers are obliged to pay service providers within 30
days after the service is provided. (S 90)
Insurers must within 3 business days after receiving the
injury notice, take action under the insurer's injury
management program and make contact with the
injured worker, the employer and the worker's
nominated treating doctor (if applicable). (S 96)
Employer must comply with obligations imposed by the
employer's insurer's injury management program. (S 91)
A register of injuries is to be kept at the workplace in a
place that is accessible to workers at the workplace. (S 92)
Employer must notify the insurer within 48 hours of
becoming aware that a worker has received a workplace
injury. [S 93(2)]
If an employer fails to notify the insurer of an injury
within time, then the employer is liable to pay the worker
weekly compensation from the end of the notification
time until the employer gives the insurer the injury
notice. (S 95)
Employer must take part and cooperate in the
establishment of a Personal Injury Plan (PIP) for workers
with significant injuries, and comply with obligations
imposed on the employer under the PIP. (S 100)
Employer must establish a return to work program in
relation to policies and procedures for the rehabilitation
of injured workers.  (S 109)
Employer must provide suitable employment (if requested
by the worker) within 6 months from the day the worker
became entitled to compensation.  (S105 & 106) 
Benefits may be terminated if there
Worker must:
A claimant must, when reasonably required to
is unreasonable refusal or failure:
do so by ACC or a Residual Insurer:
Tell the employer of an injury as soon as
(a) to undertake medical, surgical
possible. [S 93(1)]
  provide the necessary medical certificates, 
and any other relevant information
and rehabilitation treatment
Participate & cooperate in the establishment
  authorize ACC or the Residual Insurer to 
(b) to undertake rehabilitation
of a PIP and comply with the reasonable
obtain medical and other records that are (or
training or return to work program
obligations imposed upon the worker arising
may be) relevant to the claim
(c) to attend medical exam, provided
from that plan, including any medical or
  undergo assessment at ACC's or the 
and paid for by employer
surgical treatment, rehabilitation and
Residual Insurer's expense
retraining. (S 101) 
  cooperate with ACC or the Residual Insurer 
(d) to provide ongoing certification of
in the development and implementation of an
incapacity
Nominate a treating doctor who is prepared to
individual rehabilitation plan, and participate 
take part in the worker's PIP. (S 102)
in rehabilitation.
Make all reasonable efforts to return to work
ACC or a Residual Insurer may suspend a
with the pre injury employer as soon as
statutory entitlement if it is not satisfied, on
possible, having regard to the nature of the
the basis of the information in its possession,
injury. (S 104)
that a claimant is entitled to continue to
receive it.  ACC or a Residual Insurer may
Where a worker fails to comply with their
decline to provide an entitlement for as long as
obligations, their weekly compensation
a claimant unreasonably refuses or
payments may be stopped. (S 113)
unreasonably fails to:
  comply with any requirement of this Act 
relating to their claim, or
  undergo medical or surgical treatment, to be
provided by ACC or the Residual Insurer, for 
his or her personal injury, or
  agree to, or comply with, an individual 
rehabilitation plan.
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