The Accident Compensation Act 1985 requires that when employing new staff, principals and other managers in the Department must:
- provide the person with a written description of their proposed duties;
- ask the person, in writing, to disclose any pre-existing injury or illness that could be affected by the nature of the proposed duties; and
- explain, in writing, to the person that a failure to disclose, or a misleading disclosure concerning pre-existing injuries or illnesses, may result in a loss of entitlement to compensation, should the injury recur.
To meet this requirement new employees (which include a person commencing a second or subsequent fixed term period of employment) are required to complete a Pre-employment Health Declaration form prior to commencing employment.
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