The Return to Work Assist program enables your worker to continue to receive weekly payments from the insurer for up to six weeks while they recover at work. This allows you to pay overtime or employ a casual worker with the money saved on your worker’s wages.
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.
Return to Work Assist
This program enables you to make alternative staffing arrangements (for example employ a casual staff member or offer overtime to existing staff) to do the duties or hours your worker is unable to do while they recover.
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 worker’s full entitlement to weekly payments while they participate in a recover at work plan and build capacity so they can return to their pre-injury duties and hours. The insurer will also pay your worker’s travel costs while they participate in this program.
You pay the alternative worker’s wages (or overtime for existing staff).
Your worker is eligible if they:
- 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 worker are eligible.
A workplace rehabilitation provider will conduct a workplace assessment and prepare a recovery at work plan in consultation with you, your worker and their doctor.
A member of the worker’s support team will:
- complete the vocational program details form
- confirm agreement from the insurer
- arrange payment for program costs using the vocational claim for payment form
- complete of the vocational program closure report.
For information on what to do when a worker’s request for a recover at work program has not been approved read the Appeal process for workers fact sheet.