Program: WorkSafe Incentive Scheme for Employers (WISE)

An incentive for new employers to hire injured workers.

About 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.

Ann’s first payment

Payment 1 is a ‘Fixed Fee’
(Paid on or about 15 April 2016)
WISE payment

Ann’s second payment

Payment 2 is capped at $12,000.
(Paid after week 13, on or about 15 July 2016)
13 weeks x $980 = $12,740
WISE payment ($5,733) = 45% of $12,740

Ann’s third and final payment

Capped at $12,000
(Paid after week 26, on or about 14 October 2016)
13 weeks x $980 = $12,740
WISE payment ($5,733) = 45% of $12,740

In total, Ann is paid

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.

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 $744 of medical and like services (correct as at 1 July 2021 – indexed annually), unless they had selected the excess buyout option on their WorkCover Insurance premium. For more information on avoiding paying the excess on claims, refer to calculating your insurance premium - remove your excess (excess buyout option).

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.