Making a return to work plan

When you are ready to return to work, contact your employer about creating a written return to work plan. This is a helpful document prepared by you, your doctor and your employer (or a rehabilitation professional) outlining your approach to returning to work. It may also be helpful to develop a similar plan if you keep working during treatment.

The plan is tailored to your specific situation and needs, and may include:

  • your job title and location
  • approximate date of return to work
  • time period of the plan
  • your goals and abilities
  • a summary of duties
  • start, finish and break times
  • any specific restrictions or recommendations from your health care team (e.g. time limits for sitting, must wear a lymphoedema sleeve)
  • any short-term changes to your terms of employment (e.g. leave, remuneration) as a result of your rehabilitation
  • any training needs
  • any potential triggers within your role that could create additional stress, harm or prevent your recovery
  • details of the supervisors or managers responsible for monitoring progress of the return to work plan
  • dates of regular meetings to discuss progress and changes to the plan if needed.

To see a sample return to work plan, download our Job Seeking Workbook. For more information about return to work plans, visit jobaccess.gov.au.

Your state or territory WorkSafe or workers compensation authority also offers information and advice about workplace safety, workers compensation, worker assist programs, and return to work:

ACT worksafe.act.gov.au
NSW sira.nsw.gov.au
NT worksafe.nt.gov.au
QLD worksafe.qld.gov.au
SA rtwsa.com
TAS worksafe.tas.gov.au
VIC worksafe.vic.gov.au
WA workcover.wa.gov.au
Commonwealth comcare.gov.au

This information was last reviewed in November 2019
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