JobCover placement program

This program is available for people injured in a motor vehicle accident or in a work related accident.

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Workers compensation

The JobCover placement program offers eligible employers incentives of up to $27,400 to employ a worker who has a work related injury and is unable to return to work with their pre-injury employer.

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 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.


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 provid 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 for a recover at work program has not been approved read the Appeal process for workers fact sheet.