Many people find getting back to work plays a big part in their recovery. When you are ready, we’re here to support you get back to work as quickly and safely as possible.
How will you help me get back to work after a transport accident?
We will work with you, your employer and your health professionals to help you return to work, or find other duties. We can help you identify your work goals and find suitable services to support you.
We can pay for the following services to support your return to work:
- Vocational rehabilitation services.
- Allied health professional services, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy or psychology.
- Workplace modifications or equipment.
- Retraining, to help you get a new job if you can’t return to the job you had before your accident.
- Travel, to and from your work or to and from retraining.
- Financial help for your current or new employer, to help you to get back into the workforce.
What services are available to help me?
Vocational rehabilitation services can help you prepare for your return to work, carry out a workplace assessment or help you find a new role if your injuries stop you from returning to your old job.
Allied health services can help you to physically and mentally get used to working again after your accident.
What help is available for my employer?
We will also offer your employer financial assistance to support your return to work.
This can include:
- WorkCover insurance premium protection, for the period of your return to work program.
- Wage subsidies, to compensate your employer financially while you return to your normal hours and duties.
- Work trial.
- Equipment and/or changes to your workplace.
Talking about an injury or disability at work or when applying for a job
Many people need to decide if they should talk about an injury or disability at work or when applying for a job. There are laws in Australia that protect the rights of people with disability, to make sure they are treated fairly. Even so, people can still be afraid to talk about their injury or disability with their employer.
Here are some things to think about before you decide to talk about an injury or disability.
Do you need to tell?
It is up to you whether you talk about your injury or disability.
By law, you do not need to talk about an injury or disability, unless your injury or disability will affect:
- Your ability to do the main parts of your job, or
- Your safety and the safety of others in the work place.
It’s a good idea to talk to your treating team or vocational provider to work out if, by law, you need to talk about an injury or disability at work or when applying for a job.
The benefits of telling an employer you have an injury or disability
- Your experience of injury or disability is valued,
- It might help you to get the support or changes you need in the workplace,
- If you have any workplace or performance issues, you might get more support and understanding about how to manage them,
- You might be able to talk openly about any fears or concerns you have about your role or starting in the workplace.
If you decide to talk about an injury or disability
How and when you decide to talk about an injury or disability is important. You might think about whether you should:
- Put it in your application or resume,
- Wait until your interview, or
- Let your employer know once you start work.
The best time can depend on many things.
Generally, you do not need to mention your injury or disability in your application or resume. However, you might need to if your injury or disability:
- Might affect your ability to do your job,
- Might affect your safety at work, or the safety of others,
- Relates to the position or organisation you have applied for,
- Means that changes to the role or selection process are needed.
You might also mention your injury or disability in your application or resume if you know the workplace supports employing people with a disability. A workplace that supports employing people with a disability will often include questions about disability in their application process.
If you don’t need to mention your injury in your application or resume, you can decide whether to talk about it in your interview or wait until you have started your job and feel ready to do so.
- Plan with your treating team or vocational provider how you will tell your employer about your injury or disability and what you will say,
- Focus on your personal strengths, qualities and achievements,
- Provide clear information and offer to help organise any changes or supports if you need them,
- Only talk about things that are work related,
- Let your employer know if there are any other supports available to the workplace, such as the supports the TAC can provide.
Where to get help
Talking about an injury or disability is not always an easy decision to make. You can speak to your treating team, vocational provider, friends and family to help make your decision.
You can also call the TAC on 1300 654 329 for support and advice.
More information on this topic is also available at the Human Rights Commission website.
As an employer you have an important role to play in your employee's successful return to work. A timely return to work can help your employee's overall rehabilitation after an accident.
Please refer to the relevant brochure below:
For employers who had a staff member involved in a transport accident
For employers who are considering employing a TAC client, or who have recently employed a TAC client