This page is an accessible text version of our National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030 snapshot which appears as an image.
Minimise the impact of work-related injury and illness and enable workers to have a timely, safe and durable return to work.
- Increase in workers staying in or returning to good work following a work-related injury or illness
- Increase in positive return to work experiences for workers with a work-related injury or illness, and
- Increase in employers preparing for, effectively responding to & managing work-related injury & illness in the workplace.
- Ten characteristics of a positive return to work outcome
- Govern stakeholder behaviours, policies & practices
- Supporting workers
- Building positive workplace culture & leadership
- Supporting employers
- Supporting other stakeholders
- Building & translating evidence
What will the strategy do?
- Drive and leverage national action
- Centre on issues of national significance
- Recognise the worker as the primary beneficiary
- Recognise the importance of the relationship between the worker and their employer
Who is it aimed at?
- Policy makers
- Workers’ compensation authorities
- Union and industry groups
- Insurers and claims management organisations
- Treating health practitioners
- Workplace rehabilitation providers
- Other worker advocates
How will success be measured?
- Return to work measures across the worker, employer, healthcare and insurance systems
- Combination of quantitative and qualitative data
- National targets set progressively as baselines established
- National progress reporting, mid-term review & full-term evaluation
Who will oversee and drive action?
- Safe Work Australia Members have collective strategic oversight
- Strategic Issues Group on Workers’ Compensation have operational oversight
- Safe Work Australia coordinates implementation and progresses national initiatives
- Individual Safe Work Australia Members progress their own initiatives and share learnings
This snapshot provides a high level overview of the Strategy. It summarises what the Strategy will do, who it is aimed at, how success will be measured and who will oversee and drive action