The Worker Assistance Scheme (WAS) gives people who are returning to work after a work-related injury or illness $205 (indexed annually) to help them buy items they need for their new job.
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This document is a one-page form people need to complete to apply for a WAS payment.
To access WAS payments, the person must:
When the WorkSafe agent receives the form, they process it and check the person has accepted the new job offer. WAS is then paid directly to the employee.
A person can access WAS payments up to 5 times per claim. This means that if they change employers, they can access it once for each time they start working for a new employer, up to 5 times.
Note: WAS shouldn’t be used to buy items employers are obliged to give employees.