Recover at Work program

Are you an industry leader when it comes to helping injured workers rehabilitate and return to work? Are you passionate about helping others? Hardworking injured Queenslanders need your help.

Recovering at work can significantly improve the outcome for an injured worker. Research shows that being off work for a long period of time can have a negative impact on a worker and their family, and can reduce the likelihood of a worker ever returning to work. The research highlights that work plays an important role in the rehabilitation process because 'doing' promotes recovery.

Unfortunately an injured worker is not always able to return to their existing employment as their employer may not have suitable duties to offer. If this is the case, and the injured worker has a capacity for work, WorkCover may provide a Recover at Work (RAW) placement with a 'host employer' who agrees to have an injured worker at their workplace.

What is Recover at Work?

The Recover at Work program places injured workers in short term host employment with employers who have an established track record of successful return to work outcomes with their own workers.

By strategically matching injured workers with employers, the RAW program provides benefits to employers and industry including:

  • influencing industry premium rates
  • recognition as an industry leader and mentor
  • being socially conscious
  • retaining skilled workers within an industry
  • the ability to observe a worker's performance on the job
  • WorkCover funded labour with no obligation to employ
  • protection against additional claim costs.

The programs usually run for 3–6 weeks. WorkCover pays the worker's wages when they participate in a suitable duties program and the host employer benefits from the services of an additional skilled worker.

A WorkCover customer advisor will oversee the suitable duties plan and be the main point of contact, liaising with the employer, worker, treating doctor and allied health providers. The host employer is also able to pre-screen the injured worker before agreeing to placement.

At the end of the placement, there is no obligation to employ, however if you do wish to recruit a new team member, hosting a worker can be an obligation-free way of trialling them while helping the worker with their return to work.

What is the process?

If suitable duties are not available with the injured worker's current employer, WorkCover will:

  • discuss the option of host employment with the current employer and injured worker
  • source a suitable RAW employer, considering industry and location
  • conduct a worksite assessment
  • commence the RAW program and monitor until completion.

Recover at Work placement goals

  • Work fitness: The host employer provides a supportive working environment for the worker. The worker builds their capacity to work as they recover from their injury and return to their pre-injury role.
  • Vocational placement: If the worker is unable to return to their pre-injury role, WorkCover utilises a host employer who has a vacant job that the injured worker may be able to continue with once they are able to work again. The ideal outcome is that the worker remains at work even after their claim with WorkCover finishes.

Find out more

If you are interested in becoming a host employer or would like more information, please call your WorkCover contact or call 1300 362 128 and ask to be put through to a customer advisor in your industry.

Last updated
14 January 2019