Work trial program

When the pre-injury employer is unable to provide suitable work, a work trial places the worker with another employer for short periods.

It is a voluntary short term agreement to provide a suitable work environment to either increase the worker's:

  • capacity to return to their pre injury job, or
  • transferable skills to gain a different job with either the pre injury employer or a new employer

The worker receives no payment from the host employer during the work trial. The insurer or SIRA pay for fares to and from the workplace and essential equipment to perform work trial duties.

If the worker sustains a new injury during the work trial period, it will be managed as part of the existing claim by the insurer.

We may reimburse additional expenses for other claims made on the host's insurance policies, if they resulted from the trainee's actions.

Additional expenses are limited to the premium excess or increase directly resulting from the trainee's actions.

The work trial guidance material provides detailed information about worker eligibility, trial host suitability, submitting a proposal, claiming costs and other details.

We have also created two fact sheets for workers and potential host employers considering the work trial program. You may wish to use these handy resources when planning worker recovery and return to work.

The work trial agreement outlines the responsibilities of all parties involved in the work trial and must be completed by all parties prior to approval of a work trial.

How to apply

The worker or workplace rehabilitation provider can approach an employer about a work trial and discuss their willingness and capacity to work.

The rehabilitation provider undertakes an assessment of the workplace, develops a proposal, and seeks agreement from the worker’s nominated treating doctor, insurer and any other relevant parties.

The vocational program details form is then used to submit a proposal for a vocational program and related expenses, or to request an extension/amendment for a previously approved program.

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 programs costs and/or associated expenses. It also allows you to nominate the account you would like to use for these payments.