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Safe Work Australia’s National Return to Work Survey - Research project

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The National Return to Work Survey is a telephone-based survey conducted by Safe Work Australia (SWA).


Project update

In consultation with Safe Work Australia, preparation for the 2020 National Return to Work Survey commenced in January 2020.

Safe Work Australia has also released a new national strategy to help improve return to work outcomes for Australian employees and Comcare was involved in the development of this strategy.


Project overview

The National Return to Work Survey aims to monitor and better understand Australian injured employees’ experiences of being on workers’ compensation, their health status, time off work, return to work, and the support and rehabilitation they received.

This survey is conducted every two years, with the last survey conducted in 2018. The next survey will be conducted in 2020.

All Australian state and territory workers’ compensation schemes participated in the 2018 survey, except for South Australia.

The survey involves interviewing both employees from premium paying government agencies and self-insured licensees within the Comcare scheme.

The survey has been used to support our Corporate Plan 2018-19 to 2021-22 priorities and to inform our rehabilitation and return to work strategies.

Project participants

Project lead

  • Safe Work Australia

Other organisations involved

  • Monash University
  • State and territory workers’ compensation schemes
  • A third-party or external provider (to be confirmed for 2020 survey).

This research involves interviewing employees from premium paying government agencies and self-insured licensees within the Comcare scheme.

Outputs

National Return to Work Survey 2018 summary report

Related links

National Return to Work Strategy 2020-30


More information

For more information on this research project, contact research@comcare.gov.au.

This research project is part of our Research Plan Towards 2022 and supports our purpose to foster work participation and recovery.

Page last reviewed: 15 December 2019
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Date printed 09 Aug 2020

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