Suitable alternative duties

An injured worker may not be able to perform their normal duties, but have the capacity to carry out alternative suitable duties.

These are work tasks that the injured worker is suited to, taking into account the nature of their incapacity and their pre-injury employment and skills.

Where a worker cannot return to their pre-injury job, the employer must provide suitable alternative duties. You must consult with your injured worker and their treating medical practitioner to decide on the alternative duties and ensure these do not hamper the worker's recovery. You'll find a sample register in the Injury Management Guides.

If you do not believe it is reasonable or practical to provide alternative duties for a worker, you must advise the worker in writing of the reason why.