Vocational Retraining and Pre-Vocational Training

Policy

TAC can fund the reasonable cost of vocational retraining and pre-vocational training to enable eligible clients to resume and maintain employment.

Background

The TAC will only consider vocational retraining or prevocational training for a client where:

  • it is recommended by an appropriate vocational provider and;
  • it forms a part of an approved return to work plan and;
  • there are clear vocational outcomes for the client; and
  • there are identifiable labour market opportunities on completion of the training.

Guidelines

Who is eligible for vocational retraining?

Clients:

  • who are deemed to be an 'earner' under the Transport Accident Act (1986) and,
  • whose transport accident injuries prevent them from returning to their pre-accident type of employment and,
  • whose transport accident injuries prevent them from gaining and maintaining alternative employment related to their pre-accident employment may be eligible for vocational retraining to enable them to gain and maintain employment.

Who is eligible for pre-vocational training?

Clients:

  • who are deemed to be an 'earner' under the Transport Accident Act (1986) or who are school leavers and,
  • whose transport accident injuries prevent them from returning to their pre-accident type of employment and,
  • whose transport accident injuries prevent them from gaining and maintaining alternative employment commensurate with their pre-accident employment and,
  • require support to perform tasks associated with accessing employment such as using public transport independently,

may be eligible for prevocational training to enable them to access, gain and maintain employment.

Who is not eligible for pre-vocational training or vocational retraining?

Clients are not eligible for pre-vocational training or vocational retraining if they are unable to return to the workforce in the short term due to their transport accident injuries, where the long term prognosis is for return to their usual field of employment.

Clients are not eligible for pre-vocational training or vocational retraining if they have received a common law settlement, which included a settlement for pecuniary loss calculated on the basis that the client's injuries will prevent them from gaining any future employment.

What will the TAC consider funding?

The TAC will consider funding the reasonable cost of prior approved:

having regard to the training and qualifications that the client had gained prior to the transport accident.

The TAC considers it reasonable to fund only one program of pre-vocational training (where appropriate) and one vocational retraining course as part of a client's return to work program.

The TAC will only consider funding the reasonable cost of vocational retraining that is provided by an accredited training provider and that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. The TAC will only fund the cost of prevocational training that is provided by an organisation with specialist qualifications and experience in the provision of pre-vocational training. All services require prior approval in writing.

What will the TAC not fund?

The TAC will not fund:

  • services for a person other than the injured client
  • services for a condition that existed before a transport accident or that is not a direct result of a transport accident
  • services that are of no clear benefit to a client
  • services received by the injured person outside the Commonwealth of Australia
  • services provided more than 2 years prior to the request for funding except where the request for payment is made within 3 years of the transport accident. Refer to the Time Limit to Apply for the Payment of Medical and Like Expenses policy.
  • internet access (See also Equipment policy), phone calls, photocopying or stationery
  • vocational retraining where the training requested will lead to a higher qualification that the qualifications that the client had gained pre-accident, e.g. for a client who had completed a one year certificate course at TAFE pre-accident the TAC would only consider funding a short course or a one year certificate course at TAFE for vocational retraining.

The TAC cannot fund:

  • support services provided by the Disability Liaison Services Unit of the institution conducting the vocational retraining course
  • general student support services available to all students the institution conducting the vocational retraining course, such as study skills classes
  • services in advance, as the Act obliges the TAC to pay the reasonable costs of services as compensation once the costs have been incurred.

Who can recommend vocational retraining and pre-vocational programs?

The TAC will only consider funding the reasonable cost of a vocational retraining program that is recommended in writing by a provider eligible for membership of TAC's external panel as a provider of multidisciplinary vocational services; where it is that provider's professional opinion that retraining will form part of a client's vocational rehabilitation.

What information does the TAC require to reimburse vocational retraining?

To be able to reimburse vocational retraining expenses the TAC requires:

  • proof of successful completion of the course, such as a statement of results, certificate of attendance or certificate of completion and,
  • evidence of payment of the expenses such as tax invoices.

What about clients who are school leavers?

The TAC considers services to assist clients who are school leavers and are planning to undertake post compulsory education under the Education Support Services policy.


View Vocational Services providers

Vocational Services providers

Summary:

The TAC's vocational services panel members are experts in helping people get back to work and will focus on getting the best outcomes for you. You can choose any provider from the list below. More information is available in the TAC Vocational Providers booklet and at each provider's website.

List of vocational services providers

AcumenAcumen logo

Provider statement

It’s all about you. At Acumen we recognise that your recovery should encompass everything that you want to achieve or regain in your life.

http://generationhealth.com.au/acumen-health-management/

http://generationhealth.com.au/locations/

Advanced Personal Management (APM)Advanced Personal Management logo

Provider statement

At APM we know how challenging and emotional it can be to recover from a motor vehicle accident.

http://apm.net.au/

http://apm.net.au/find-an-apm-location/our-locations/

Altius Rehabilitation ServicesAltius logo

Provider statement

Altius Rehabilitation Services is an industry leading provider of vocational rehabilitation.

http://www.rehabservices.com.au/

http://www.rehabservices.com.au/service-locations/

IPARIPAR logo

Provider statement

Since partnering with the TAC in 2011, IPAR has helped more than 2,400 people to recover from a transport accident and return to health.

https://ipar.com.au/

https://ipar.com.au/locations/

ProcareProcare logo

Provider statement

Procare is a leading provider of wellness, recovery and return to work services. We're here to help.

http://procaregroup.com.au/injury-management.html

Rehab ManagementRehab Management logo

Provider statement

Rehab Management is an award-winning, nationally accredited vocational rehabilitation provider.

http://www.rehabmanagement.com.au/

http://www.rehabmanagement.com.au/rehab-management-locations

WorkFocus AustraliaWorkFocus logo

Provider statement

WorkFocus Australia coaches you through your recovery to meet your health, work, well-being and life goals.

http://www.workfocus.com/

http://www.workfocus.com/contact/locations.aspx