Work trial program

Explains the work trial program where a worker is placed with a new employer for a short period to help them recover at/return to work. Includes how to apply.

Explains the work trial program where a worker is placed with a new employer for a short period to support their recovery. Includes how to apply.

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.

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

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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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.