3-6 Weeks Labour Free

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Do you want to know how to get 3-6 weeks labour FREE for your business?


Some of you may have heard of ”Host Employer” under the Queensland WorkCover scheme.  If you haven’t, then please read on.

Returning an injured worker to their existing employer is not always possible as the employer may not have suitable duties. If this is the case, but the injured worker has a capacity for work, WorkCover Queensland may find a ”host employer” for them.

What is a ‘host employer’?

A host employer is an employer who agrees to have an injured worker at their workplace when the worker is unable to participate in rehabilitation with their original employer.

Benefits for the host employer include:

  • an additional skilled worker whose wages are paid by WorkCover
  • increased productivity for your business
  • an additional ‘set of hands’ to provide support to the organisation
  • if you do wish to recruit a new team member, hosting a worker can be a obligation free way of trialling them while helping the worker with their return to work.

Benefits for the Worker include:

  • an opportunity to develop a range of work skills and improve work fitness
  • a reference for satisfactory work
  • an opportunity to build confidence in their abilities to re-enter the work force.

WorkCover is responsible for:

  • paying the worker’s wages
  • developing an appropriate program that is consistent with the person’s capabilities and medical advice
  • coordinating and monitoring the program, including making sure everyone involved in the program is satisfied with its progress
  • arranging workers’ compensation insurance and indemnifying the host employer during the placement
  • consulting with union representatives before the worker starts the suitable duties program (where appropriate).

Host employer’s responsibilities:

The host employer is responsible for providing feedback on the program progress and for providing a safe workplace – as they do for their own employees.

If you are interested in becoming a host employer, call 1300 362 128 and ask to be put through to a customer advisor in your industry.

For further information please refer to Recover At Work Program

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