Redeployment to a new employer occurs when the injured employee is permanently medically unable to return to work with their pre-injury (or same) employer.
When an employee needs to be redeployed the hierarchy below should be considered in the following order:
When the return to work goal for an injured employee is to find employment with a new employer, it is recommended that the rehabilitation case manager develops a return to work plan in consultation with an approved rehabilitation provider and the treating doctor.
Activities that may support the successful redeployment of an injured employee could include:
Remember, redeployment can be costly, time consuming and difficult to achieve successfully. It would only be a course to take as a last option after all other possibilities to return to the same employer have been pursued.
Rehabilitation provider skills and expertise are a key element of successful redeployment by employers. Comcare encourages rehabilitation case managers to consider engaging an appropriately qualified approved rehabilitation provider to provide job seeking assistance services.
Employers are encouraged to put in place arrangements that will define and monitor the services provided by an approved rehabilitation provider to ensure they meet the agency’s needs. This should include access to job seeking skills and/or coordination of work trials when redeployment of an ill or injured employee is necessary to achieve a return to work outcome.
You can locate a rehabilitation provider in your area in the Directory of Approved Rehabilitation Providers.
Commonwealth agencies work collaboratively to assist with interagency job placement. Case managers need to be proactive in liaising with each other to propose possible candidates and positions vacant.
The following resource is useful when coordinating interagency job placements:
For any further information regarding redeployment, please send your enquiries to PIMS.Help@comcare.gov.au.