When a worker is unfit for all duties

As a return to work coordinator, how might you plan a return to work when the worker is unfit for all duties?

Date last updated

Sunday 09 Feb 2020

Industries and topics
  • Return to work

Planning for workers who are ‘unfit for all duties’

Even when injured workers are totally unfit for duties, you must still undertake return to work planning. This includes:

  • obtaining relevant information about the worker's incapacity for work
  • considering reasonable workplace support, aids or modifications to assist in the worker's return to work
  • assessing and proposing options for suitable employment or pre-injury employment
  • consultation with the worker, treating health practitioner (with the consent of the worker) and occupational rehabilitation provider (where involved)
  • providing the worker with clear, accurate and current details of their return to work arrangements
  • monitoring the worker's progress.

What are the benefits?

  • Preparing for the eventual return to work of your worker.
  • Keeping them engaged in the return to work process, even while they are not at work.
  • Making sure that you have the latest return to work information.
  • Ensuring that should the worker be certified as fit to return, you are prepared to have them back in the workplace in safe work.