Assistance for micro employers

Our Return to Work Assist program is for eligible micro employers. It helps by minimising the financial burden of helping workers return to work.

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

This program allows the insurer to continue to make weekly payments while the worker participates in a graded recovery at work plan.

The employer can make alternative work arrangements to cover the full duties of the injured worker, for example by employing a casual employee or offering overtime to existing staff. The program does not fund the alternative worker’s wages however it does minimise the financial burden to the employer (since the employer does not pay wages of the worker returning to work).

The guidelines for the return to work assist program for micro employers outlines the eligibility requirements for both workers and employers. All submissions must comply with these guidelines.

How to apply

Speak to the insurer managing the claim about this program.

An approved workplace rehabilitation provider will need to conduct a workplace assessment and prepare a recovery at work plan in consultation with the injured worker, employer and nominated treating doctor.

Before the program starts the insurer must confirm that the worker and the employer are eligible for the program.

The rehabilitation provider then submits a vocational program details form to be endorsed by the insurer.

The vocational program closure report form is used to notify us of the outcome of the vocational program.

The vocational program claim for payment form is used to request payment or reimbursement for SIRA vocational program costs and/or associated expenses. It also allows you to nominate the account you would like to use for these payments.