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WorkSafe Incentive Scheme for Employers (WISE)

WISE provides a financial incentive of up to $26,000 to a new employer who offers ongoing employment of at least 15 hours a week to an injured worker who is unable to return to work with their pre-injury employer. To help them find work with a new employer, the worker's WorkSafe Agent will approve the services of an occupational rehabilitation provider. This occupational rehabilitation provider will:

  • review the worker's skills, qualifications and experience to help them find a new job
  • meet with the worker's treating health practitioner to get their support for identified jobs
  • assist the worker find suitable jobs though WISE.

Employers not eligible for WISE

Workers cannot access WISE for self-employment or employment in a company where the worker is a director or board member of that company.

Employers who are labour hire companies, employment agencies or group training organisations that place workers into a workplace of another employer, may not be eligible for WISE. WISE cannot currently be used for traineeships and apprenticeships.

WISE payment example

Ann Smith is offered a new job as a receptionist for a real estate agent. Her gross wage is $980 a week and she started working on 15 April 2016.

Payment Action Amount
Payment 1 – Fixed Fee
On or about 15 April 2016
WISE payment $2,000
Payment 2 – Capped at $12,000
After week 13, on or about 15 July 2016
13 weeks x $980 = $12,740
WISE payment = 45% of  $12,740
$5,733
Payment 3 – Capped at $12,000
After week 26, on or about 14 October 2016
13 weeks x $980 = $12,740
WISE payment = 45% of  $12,740
$5,733
Total paid: $13,466

WISE Steps

1. Interviewing a worker for a job

The worker or the occupational rehabilitation provider may approach a new employer about a job. The new employer should consider the worker as they would any other job applicant and decide if they are the right fit for the role. If the employer decides to offer the worker the job and the worker accepts that offer, the WorkSafe Agent will arrange for the occupational rehabilitation provider to perform a workplace assessment.

2. Workplace assessment

A workplace assessment is completed to give all parties the added confidence that they have chosen the right applicant that they are work ready and have the skills and capacity to safely perform the requirements of the new job. This assessment is provided at no cost to the employer.

3. Completing a WISE Payment Form

For the first 13 weeks after the worker commences the new job, the occupational rehabilitation provider will maintain contact with the worker and the employer. The occupational rehabilitation provider will assist the employer to complete the WISE Payment Form. The first payment is made when the job commences and further payments are made at Weeks 13 and 26 of ongoing employment. Payments are made direct to the employer. A WISE Payment Form must be submitted for each payment.

Injury Insurance Premium Protection

If the worker stops work because of another injury, they should contact their WorkSafe Agent who will decide if the injury is related to the old claim. Alternatively, the worker may be asked to lodge a new claim on their new (WISE) employer to forward to the WISE employer's WorkSafe Agent.

A new claim for an injury sustained in the first 2 years from the commencement of a WISE placement will be excluded from the WISE employer's WorkSafe Injury Insurance premium calculation. The new (WISE) employer is obliged, however, to pay the employer excess which is the first 10 days of weekly payments and the first $682 of medical and like services (correct as at 1 July 2016 – indexed annually).

Note: For WISE placements that commenced prior to 5 September 2016, the WISE employer premium protection only applies for injuries sustained in the first 12 months of the placement.

More information

You have employed a new worker through WISE and wish to submit a payment request. 

Like to speak to someone about WISE?

Call your WorkSafe Agent. You can see Agent contact details here

Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on freecall 1800 136 089.