Training program

Training can assist a worker to recover at and/or return to work following a work related injury.

Evidence shows that safe work promotes recovery and reduces the risk of long term disability and work loss.

Training can help workers develop new skills and qualifications to keep their job or get a new one. Training may involve formal study with TAFE, a university or registered training organisation.

Course fees and associated expenses such as stationery, textbooks, travel and accommodation may be covered under this program.


To be considered for training, workers must be receiving, or be entitled to receive, weekly payments under the Workers Compensation Act 1987.

The workplace rehabilitation provider, insurer or return to work coordinator must have determined that training is a suitable strategy to help the worker recover at/return to work based on the specific principles in the training program guidance material.

How to apply

The training program guidance material provides detailed information on the principles and procedures for sponsorship of training and expenses that may be considered for approval. All submissions must comply with the program requirements.

The training application form is used to submit a proposal for a training program and related expenses. It is also used to claim education or training assistance (for workers who are eligible under s64C of the 1987 Act), or to request an extension for a previously approved program where there is a change in the costs associated with training.

The vocational program closure report form is used to notify SIRA 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.