Category seven - Injured worker achievement award

This award recognises an individual's successful rehabilitation and stay at/return to work within the past 12 months following a work related injury.

To be eligible you must have had a work related injury compensated under the Queensland workers' compensation scheme, and a successful and sustainable stay at/return to work within the past 12 months.

Don't forget! Check the criteria for category ten (Best demonstrated leadership in return to work) and keep these in mind when you’re preparing your entry. Finalists for category ten will be nominated by the judging panels for categories seven to nine, with all entries that demonstrate strong leadership in return to work eligible for nomination.

View the category seven example entry(PDF, 411.87 KB)

Entry criteria

(Note: This information is in the online entry form)

  Entry criteria Use these questions to help write your response
(Handy hint - they correspond to each judging criteria)

Describe your injury

For the judges to consider your responses to this category, please provide a background of your injury.

The Office of Industrial Relations recognises that providing details of your injury may cause unnecessary distress and will accept a submission/report from your insurer or treating provider.


How did you overcome the impact of your injury?

Did the injury have an impact on your physical abilities at work, home and leisure? Please elaborate.

Did the injury have an impact on your mental health? Did the injury have an impact on relationships with your family, friends and co-workers or mood? Please elaborate.

Provide examples of challenges or barriers that you faced and how you overcame them?

Did your attitude and approach to returning to work influence your ability to overcome these barriers? How?


What elements were contributing factors to your successful return to work?

In what role did you return to work, and how did your rehabilitation contribute to that? Provide a timeline for the development of your return to work from injury to now. What rehabilitation did you require to return to work, and how long did this take?

What or who motivated you to return to work following your injury?

Did you encounter any challenges or barriers on your to return to work journey and how did you overcome them?

How were you supported in returning to work? Did your family, friends, colleagues or your workplace/employer make a lasting effect?

What changes (if any) did your workplace/employer make to assist you in returning to work?


What benefit have you experienced from returning to work as part of your rehabilitation?

Did your experience have a positive impact in your workplace? If so, how?

How did your experience and return to work impact you personally and socially (relationships with family, friends, community, workplace)?

Did you develop collaborative working relationships with your work colleagues or others during your injury recovery?

How did you engage with stakeholders in the development of your rehabilitation and return to work process?

Why do you think it’s important to get back to work following an injury?

Did you acquire any new skills (personal or professional) throughout your rehabilitation and return to work?

Do you believe any positive outcomes came from your rehabilitation and return to work journey? If so, what are the positives you’ve experienced (e.g. improvements to lifestyle, family/relationships, workplace safety/systems/rehab, your career prospects)?

What advice would you give other people who may experience a similar injury or situation, to inspire them to participate in their rehabilitation and return to work?

We're here to help you

We can help you complete your injured worker achievement award nomination over the phone, through a short and simple interview where we record your answers for you. If you would like to access this service, please contact us at

Last updated
10 December 2019