Information for independent medical examiners (IME)

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  1. Definition of independent medical examiners
  2. Manual for independent medical examiners
  3. Apply to become an independent medical examiner
  4. Contact details

Please note: WorkSafe are currently not recruiting any new or additional independent medical examiners. WorkSafe approves practitioners as IMEs on a needs basis.

WorkSafe will undertake recruitment activities for new IMEs when a need for IME services has been identified, either with respect to a particular field of practice and/ or a geographic location.

WorkSafe will publish details of IME recruitment activities on this page as needs arise. Please check this website for future updates or contact us via email:

Independent medical examiners (IMEs) are healthcare professionals approved by WorkSafe to perform medical examinations to guide decisions about work-related injury claims, and make sure injured workers receive the right treatments and benefits. WorkSafe can pay the reasonable costs of your services.

Independent medical examiner manual

Apply to become an independent medical examiner

You need to meet the IME selection criteria before you're considered for approval. This includes at least 5 years of clinical experience in your area of speciality and you must be working for at least 8 hours of clinical practice each week. If you have experience working with compensable clients it will be an advantage. Download an application form.


An Independent Medical Examiner must be approved under section 112 of the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and will be required to sign the independent medical examiners declaration. The declaration applies terms, conditions and standards including participating in peer reviews for quality assurance purposes.

Contact WorkSafe

If you're an approved independent medical examiner it's important that WorkSafe's records are up to date. Contact the Impairment Benefit team on 03 9641 1444 or if you have any changes or questions about your role as an IME.

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