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SIRA funded programs to support recovery at work

Return to work assist program for micro employers

This program enables your employer to make alternative staffing arrangements (for example employ a casual staff member or offer overtime to existing staff) to do the duties or hours you are unable to do while you recover at work.

Did you know? A micro employer is a business with five full time or equivalent workers or less and a basic tariff premium of $30,000 or less.

The program is available for up to six weeks within the first 13 weeks of a claim.

How does it work?

The insurer will continue to pay your  full entitlement to weekly payments while you participate in a recover at work plan and build capacity so you can return to your pre-injury duties and hours. The insurer will also pay your travel costs while you participate in this program.

Your employer pays the alternative worker’s wages (or overtime for existing staff).

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • are receiving weekly payments
  • have current work capacity
  • use the program within 13 weeks from the date of the injury.

Micro employers are eligible if they:

  • can demonstrate that they have employed a casual worker to complete the worker’s duties or are paying other workers overtime in order to complete these duties, and these arrangements have resulted in financial difficulty
  • can demonstrate a commitment to your worker’s recovery at work.

Read the return to work assist program for micro employers guidance material for more information.

How to apply

Speak to the insurer about this program. They will advise whether you and your employer are eligible.

A workplace rehabilitation provider will conduct a workplace assessment and prepare a recovery at work plan in consultation with you, your employer and your doctor.

A member of your support team will:

For information on what to do when a request to use a SIRA funded program has not been approved see appeal process for workers fact sheet.

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Work trial program

The work trial program is a voluntary short-term work arrangement that provides you with suitable work.

When your pre-injury employer is unable to provide suitable work, a work trial places you (the trainee) with a new employer (host employer) for a short-term work arrangement of up to 12 weeks.

As a trainee you can keep active and:

  • improve your capacity to return to your pre-injury job, or
  • develop skills, knowledge, and experience in order to obtain a new job
  • demonstrate your ability to a potential employer.

You don’t receive payment from your host employer during the work trial but you continue to receive weekly payments from the insurer.

The insurer or SIRA will pay for travel to and from the workplace as well as essential equipment to perform your work trial duties.

Read the work trial guidance material for more information.

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Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • are receiving or entitled to receive weekly workers compensation payments
  • have capacity to work but your employer can’t provide suitable duties
  • haven’t accepted a commutation or work injury damages settlement.

Employers are eligible if they:

  • don’t have a workers compensation liability to you
  • have no current employer/employee relationship with you
  • hold a current workers compensation policy or self-insurer licence
  • are not attached to your pre-injury employer by way of an insurance policy or insurance licence.

How to apply

Speak to your workplace rehabilitation provider or other members of your support team about using the work trial program if you can’t return to your job.

They will:

They should also use the work trial check list.

For information on what to do when a request to use a SIRA funded program has not been approved see appeal process for workers fact sheet.

Further information

Equipment and workplace modification program

This program can be used to purchase equipment or make modifications to help you recover at work or start work with a new employer.

Equipment and workplace modifications can be specific to your functional requirements or necessary for you to start a new role.

Read the equipment and workplace modification program guidance material for more information.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • are receiving or entitled to receive weekly workers compensation payments when the program commences
  • haven’t accepted a commutation or work injury damages settlement
  • have used your entitlement to new employment assistance – if starting work with a new employer.

How to apply

Speak to your workplace rehabilitation provider, or insurer case manager about using the equipment and workplace modification program.

They will:

  • determine if this program is suitable for you, can help you with equipment or workplace modifications that meet your needs and can be funded under this program.
  • arrange completion of the vocational program details form
  • organise insurer approval
  • organise payment for program costs using the vocational claim for payment form.

For information on what to do when a request to use a SIRA funded program has not been approved see appeal process for workers fact sheet.

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Training program

This program can help you develop new skills and qualifications for a different role with your pre-injury employer or start a new job.

What is it?

The training program can be used to pay for the costs associated with completing training with TAFE, a university or registered training organisation.

Costs might include course fees and associated expenses like stationery, textbooks, essential course equipment, travel and accommodation.

Read the training program guidance material for more information.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • are receiving or entitled to receive, weekly workers compensation payments when the program commences
  • haven’t accepted a commutation or work injury damages settlement
  • have used your entitlement to the education or training assistance benefit where eligible

How to apply

Speak to your workplace rehabilitation provider, or insurer case manager about using the training program if you can’t return to your job.

They will:

For information on what to do when a request to use a SIRA funded program has not been approved see appeal process for workers fact sheet.

Further information

JobCover placement program

This program is designed to help you secure ongoing employment with a new employer.

There are three benefits available to eligible employers to encourage an employer to offer you a job:

  • incentive payments of up to $27,400 for up to 12 months
  • your wages are not included in the new employer's workers compensation premium for two years
  • the new employer is protected against the costs associated with your existing injury during the first two years of your employment.

Incentive payments increase according to the length of time you remain employed:

  • up to $400 per week for first 12 weeks (maximum of $4,800)
  • up to $500 per week for next 14 weeks (maximum $7,000)
  • up to $600 per week for next 26 weeks (maximum $15,600).

Read the fact sheet for workers and employers for more information.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • are receiving or entitled to receive weekly workers compensation payments when the program commences
  • can’t return to work with your pre-injury employer because of your injury
  • haven’t  accepted a commutation or work injury damages settlement.

Employers are eligible if they:

  • are able to offer employment to a you for a minimum of 12 months
  • can provide a minimum of 64 paid hours per month or a return to your pre-injury hours
  • hold a current workers compensation policy or self-insurer’s licence.

Read the JobCover placement program guidance material for more information.

How to apply

Speak to your workplace rehabilitation provider, or insurer case manager about using the JobCover placement program.

They will:

  • determine if this program is suitable for you and help you find potential host employers and conduct a workplace assessment to match your capacity to the requirements of the job.
  • complete the JobCover program agreement form
  • organise insurer approval (agreement)
  • organise payments using the JobCover incentive payment claim form (for employers).

For information on what to do when a request to use a SIRA funded program has not been approved see appeal process for workers fact sheet.

Further information

Transition to work program

This program helps pay for immediate or short term costs that might prevent you from starting work with a new employer.

It provides funding of up to:

  • $200 to help you job-seek or start work
  • $5,000 to address immediate or short term barriers that prevent you from accepting an offer of new employment.

The funding could be used to pay for a range of things including:

  • travel costs
  • relocation and accommodation
  • child care
  • clothing and related expenses

Read the transition to work guidance material for more information.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • can’t return to work with your pre-injury employer because of your injury
  • have a barrier or need that is preventing you from finding or accepting new employment
  • are receiving or are entitled to receive, weekly workers compensation payments or recently stopped weekly payments because you started working
  • haven’t accepted a commutation or work injury damages settlement.
  • have used your entitlement to new employment assistance

How to apply

Speak to your workplace rehabilitation provider, or insurer case manager about using the transition to work program.

They will:

For information on what to do when a request to use a SIRA funded program has not been approved see appeal process for workers fact sheet.

Further information