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What is workplace rehabilitation

Workplace rehabilitation means helping an injured worker back to safe and suitable work at the earliest possible time. It's about finding the best ways for the worker to keep their valuable work skills with the aim to return to the job they had before their injury or another suitable job. If the worker is unable to return to their pre-injury job soon after their injury, a suitable duties program is developed to help the worker return to work safely over a period of time.

Workplace rehabilitation may involve:

  • a suitable duties program
  • on-the-job training to acquire new job skills
  • special assistance for severely injured workers.

Workplace rehabilitation can reduce the social and financial cost of workplace injury to the worker, employer and the Queensland community. But most importantly, it helps injured workers get back to work.

What should employers and workers do?

An employer must take all reasonable steps to assist or provide an injured worker with rehabilitation for the period for which the worker is entitled to compensation.

What are the benefits?

Workplace rehabilitation helps both injured workers and employers.

Workplace rehabilitation standards

The Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014 provides key standards for workplace rehabilitation.

Last updated
31 January 2017

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