The Department of Education, Training and Employment is committed to appropriately managing employees whose attendance and/or performance may be affected by mental or physical illness or disability. The Department acts in accordance with Part 7 of the Public Service Act 2008 (Qld) and in conjunction with the established guidelines provided by the Public Service Commission.
Part 7 of the Public Service Act 2008 (Qld) contains provisions whereby the chief executive (or delegate of the chief executive) of the Department can direct an employee (including Senior Executive Service and Senior Officers) to submit to a medical examination if:
Part 7 allows the employer and the employee a dignified response to the situation where an employee, due to ill health, appears to be unable to carry out the duties of his/her position. It enables medical examination and, in particular circumstances, confirmation of the inability of the employee to carry out these duties.
Part 7 is not, however, a part that focuses upon termination of employment, or even retirement. It is more sophisticated. It provides solutions to many of the challenges regarding an ill employee including:
Therefore, Part 7 is about more than retirement, it is about management. It provides the Department with a statutory mechanism to effectively manage an ill employee.
The Part 7 process is not to be used as a substitute for normal performance management strategies. Supervisors and managers are to make every effort to identify the causes of poor performance and to resolve poor performance issues through appraisal, guidance, counselling, coaching, training and development, and where practicable, temporary variations to working arrangements and workloads. For further information on managing unsatisfactory performance refer to the procedure Managing Unsatisfactory Performance (excluding school based teachers and principals), or the Managing Unsatisfactory Performance - Principals procedure
The Public Service Commission guidelines provide Independent Medical Examination principles for facilitating the Independent Medical Examination process in accordance with Part 7 of the Public Service Act 2008 (Qld).
Public Service Act 2008 (Qld), the authority to direct an employee to submit to a medical examination sits with the Director-General of the Department. This authority has been delegated as per the current delegation manual:
Human Resource Delegations Manual (DETE Employees only).
Currently, the authority to direct an employee to submit to a medical examination has been delegated as follows:
Workplace Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinators / School Cleaning Advisors:
Senior Injury Management Consultants:
Regional Directors/Regional Human Resource Managers:
Principal Human Resource Consultants:
Workplace Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinators:
Human Resource Directors/Managers (Training):
TAFE Institute Director / Executive Officers of Statutory TAFE Institutes / Institute Positions (SES, SO or equivalent) / Institute Human Resource Director/Manager (AO8, AO7 or equivalent) / Institute Manager (AO8 or AO7 or equivalent):
Executive Director, Human Resources/Director, Organisational Health Unit:
Organisational Health Unit:
Details of the step-by-step process for managing independent medical examinations are contained in:
For further information, please contact:
Principal Human Resources Consultant(Injury Management)Organisational Health(07) 3237 1093
Senior Human Resources Consultant (Injury Management)Organisational Health (07) 3237 1093
Uncontrolled copy. Refer to the Department of Education Policy and Procedure Register to ensure you have the most current version of this document.
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