Obligation to Notify Employer Within 30 Days

Updated 26/06/2023

An injured worker must notify employer within 30 days

The Victorian Government passed legislation in November 1997 requiring injuries to be notified to the Employer within 30 days of the injury becoming known to the worker.

The legislative requirement, if not complied with, precludes the affected worker from any entitlement to recover workers compensation for the injury suffered. Every employer in the State of Victoria must have a "register of injury" book. A worker can give notice of injury to the employer, or have another person give notice on that worker's behalf.

Injuries that are not reported by completing the employer's register of injuries book are precluded from a successful Workers Compensation claim.

Steps to follow:

  • Any injury that has occurred at work or in connection with work must be recorded in the employer's register of injury book.
  • The notification must be made within 30 days of the injury becoming known to the worker.
  • Keep a record of the time & date you or your representative recorded the injury.
  • Ensure the employer provided written acknowledgement of the notice of injury, this should be provided within seven days from the date the notification was made.
  • Always obtain advice and assistance from CPSU WorkCover Services prior to lodging a claim for compensation.

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