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Host placement

Getting back to work is an important step when you're recovering from a work-related injury. While the main goal is for you to return to the same employer and undertake the duties you were doing before the injury, this may not always be possible.

If you have a capacity for work but your existing employer doesn't have duties for you, WorkCover Queensland has a responsibility to find you alternate suitable duties. 

Host placement gives you an opportunity to return to work in a different workplace. We'll only consider host placement if it's been determined that your pre-injury employer does not have suitable duties available.

What is a ‘host employer’?

A host employer is an employer who agrees to host you at their workplace for the duration of the program. We pay your compensation entitlements while you participate in the placement. These programs normally run for approximately four weeks.

Returning to work

A host placement often leads to improvements in your physical abilities and work capacity, and can increase your likelihood of returning to work. Your customer advisor helps source, arrange and monitor your suitable duties with a host employer.

External service provider

WorkCover may arrange for an external service provider to find an appropriate host employer. This will be someone who performs job seeking or placement services, as outlined in the occupational rehabilitation table of costs.

Once we find a suitable host employer, we may arrange for an allied health provider to visit the work site with the injured worker to develop the suitable duties program. This program should match the person’s abilities, with appropriate job tasks and hours of work. The host suitable duties program will be approved in writing by the worker’s treating medical practitioner.

How host programs are developed

Our customer advisor will develop and oversee the program and maintain regular contact with you, your treating doctor, host employer representatives, and allied health professionals. The program takes into account:

  • your injury, stage of recovery, medical status and current functional capacity
  • information obtained from the work site assessment
  • your host employer’s workplace rehabilitation policies and procedures
  • your education, age, skills and experience.

Host programs are fully funded by WorkCover and require a host placement agreement (known as a deed) to be signed by WorkCover and the host employer before the program can commence.

Injuries that occur during host placement do not affect the host employer’s premium.

When does the program end?

There are a number of reasons a host placement will end, including:

  • advice from the host employer or WorkCover
  • a change in the level of incapacity
  • the end of the agreement.

The host placement must end when your claim ends. Ideally, an average host placement is four weeks.

The host employer is not obliged to employ you after the host placement has ended.

If you would like further information, call us on 1300 362 128.

Last updated
15 February 2016

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