Education or training assistance payments

This payment helps eligible workers with some of the costs that can be associated with returning to work.

Return to work assistance payments only apply to services provided and costs incurred on or after 29 April 2016. In addition, it does not apply to:

What is it?

You might need to participate in training to improve your readiness for work. These payments help workers with course costs so they may return to work with their same employer or a new employer.

A cumulative total of up to $8,000 can be claimed for expenses that may include:

  • course fees
  • other related expenses (eg text books, travel).


To claim education or training assistance you must:

  • have been assessed as having a permanent impairment of more than 20 per cent
  • have received weekly payments of compensation (paid or payable) for a period of 78 weeks or more
  • demonstrate the education or training is consistent with your injury management plan
  • ensure that the education or training assistance is provided by:
    • a registered training organisation
    • a registered higher education provider.

How to claim this payment

Contact the insurer and provide a completed training application form.

The insurer will determine your eligibility within 21 days.

If you do not meet the criteria for education or training assistance, you may be eligible for an alternative program, see getting back to work for more details.

To help understand your entitlements, head to the Have you been injured? guide or the guidelines for claiming workers compensation. These resources provide a breakdown of your entitlements.


If the insurer disputes your claim, you can find more information on how to have the decision reviewed on your liability disputes page.