ReturnToWorkSA is responsible for the regulation of self-insurers.
The maximum period of registration as a private self-insurer is five years. Self-insurer performance is reviewed throughout the period of registration to determine on-going compliance and whether registration should be renewed, and the length of the period of renewal.
Registration - terms and conditions
In accordance with terms and conditions of registration, a self-insured employer is required to provide ReturnToWorkSA with current information on its operations, liabilities and financial performance. Mandatory requirements include:
- Audited copies of a self-insured employer’s financial statements must be provided each year, within five months after the end of the employer’s financial year.
Actuarial Reports and Financial Guarantee
- An actuary report must be provided each year within three months after the end of the employer’s financial year. The actuary report is used to calculate the value of the financial guarantee.
- On receiving an actuary report, ReturnToWorkSA will calculate the value of the required financial guarantee and notify the self-insured employer if a new financial guarantee is required. Actuarial reports and financial guarantees must comply with the guideline for actuary reports and financial guarantees (DOCX, 502 KB)- external site.
- The minimum guarantee amount for the 2023 calendar year is $1,010,000.
Excess of Loss
- A self-Insured employer must maintain an excess of loss insurance policy. The requirements of the policy are contained within the code of conduct for self-insured employers (PDF, 7971 KB)- external site.
- Excess of loss insurance policies should be submitted to ReturnToWorkSA on, or prior to the expiry of the current policy.
Financial statements, excess of loss insurance policies and actuary reports should be submitted to email@example.com- external site.
- We collect claims data from self-insured employers to enable the analysis, information exchange, performance evaluation and national comparisons of claims statistics. Self-insured employers are required to transmit their data via our secure online services- external site.
- For access to our secure online services, you will need to register for an account- external site. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our secure online services terms and conditions- external site.
- For further information on data transmission requirements, please refer to:
Lump sum payments
- We record data on lump sum payments made to injured workers by self-insured employers. The information you provide is entered into our database and is used:
- for statistical purposes
- as the basis for historical information (when requests are made for notification of previous lump sum amounts paid to a worker)
- to reconcile payment data reported on individual claims.
- Self-insured employers are required to notify us of any lump sum payment via their EDI data transmission.
Evaluation of private self-insured employers
We will undertake an evaluation of all private self-insured employers prior to the end of each registration period.
Evaluation involves desktop and site based activity to confirm whether the self-insured employer continues to meet the conditions of registration.
Evaluations are undertaken in line with the code of conduct for self-insured employers (PDF, 7971 KB)- external site and the self-insured registration and evaluation practice guideline (DOCX, 626 KB)- external site.
Evaluations will test the employer’s compliance to the requirements of registration as a self-insured employer, including conformance to the injury management standards (DOCX, 481 KB)- external site,,, (PDF, 510 KB) and work health and safety standards (DOCX, 520 KB)- external site (, ,, (PDF, 684 KB).
A guide to the injury management standards (DOCX, 528 KB)- external site, (PDF, 982 KB) and guide to the work health and safety standards (DOCX, 846 KB)- external site, (PDF, 1024 KB) has been developed to assist employers in demonstrating compliance.
In addition to evaluations, ReturnToWorkSA may undertake periodic reviews of an employer’s compliance to the requirements of registration. These reviews are normally associated with a specific term and condition applied to an individual self-insured employer’s registration.
Registration - compliance
Registration as a self-insured employer carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations. A self-insured employer must ensure the delegated powers and discretions are administered in accordance with the objects and requirements of the Return to Work Act 2014- external site, and compliance with the terms and conditions of registration is maintained.
ReturnToWorkSA views circumstances where an employer is unable or unwilling to comply with the requirements of registration to be a serious matter. Examples of matters considered serious include, but are not limited to:
- material non-compliance with the terms and conditions of registration
- material non-compliance to the requirements of the Act, or code of conduct for self-insured employers
- material non-compliance to the requirements of the injury management standards or the work health and safety standards
- non-provision of suitable employment, where the self-insured employer has not demonstrated it is not reasonably practicable to do so
- unreasonable exercise of delegated powers and discretions
- non-provision of life time care and support of seriously injured workers
- failure to implement an order of the South Australian Employment Tribunal
- administration of a delegation with a bias toward the interest of the self-insured employer.
Where a self-insured employer is unable or unwilling to comply with the requirements of registration, ReturnToWorkSA may impose a sanction. Sanctions may include:
- applying a term or condition on the self-insured employer’s registration
- reducing or revoking a period of registration
- non-renewal of registration
- removal of the self-insured employer’s delegations.