First Certificate of Capacity
Only a medical practitioner can issue the first certificate of capacity. It can be valid for a maximum of 14 days off work unless there are special reasons provided on the certificate, such as where the worker has a severe injury or illness.
Subsequent Certificate of Capacity
A medical practitioner, physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath can sign a subsequent certificate of capacity. It can be valid for a maximum of 28 days unless the WorkSafe agent is satisfied that there are special reasons for the certificate to cover a longer period.
Victorian workers compensation legislation provides that a subsequent certificate of capacity can only be issued by a:
- Medical practitioner
No other healthcare providers can issue a certificate of capacity at any time.
An attendance only certificate can be issued to confirm attendance for treatment with a medical practitioner, physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath.