Category seven - Injured worker achievement awards

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, 538.09 KB) .

View the 2017 category seven winners

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

What was your job role and how long had you been in that role prior to your injury?

Detail your injury and how it occurred.

What treatment did you undertake after your injury?

What was your level of pain throughout the injury and recovery?


How did your injury impact you?

What impact (if any) did the injury have on your mental health?

What impact (if any) did the injury have on your physical abilities both at work, home and leisure?

Did the injury have any impact your finances? If so, how?

What impact (if any) did the injury have on relationships with your family, friends and co-workers?

How did you overcome all of these impacts?


Describe your return to work

What rehabilitation did you require to return to work and how long did this take?

What (if any) barriers did you encounter on your to return to work journey and how did you overcome them?

How long were you away from work - both completely off work, and/or returning gradually through a return to work program?

In what role did you return to work, and how did your rehabilitation contribute to that?

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


What do you believe the benefits of returning to work are?

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

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

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

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 utilise this service, please contact us at

Last updated
30 October 2017