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WorkSafe Incentive Scheme for employers

06 November 2023

This program aims to give employers financial support when they offer at least eight hours per week of ongoing employment to someone who can’t return to their previous employer after a work-related injury or illness.

The program offers the following:

  • Financial boosts of up to $26,000 are available.
  • Tailored support to make sure employers get the best person for the business.
  • WorkSafe injury insurance premium protection for new employee.
  • Opportunity to employ someone who is keen to get back to work.

WISE is paid directly to employers in three instalments across six months:

  • Week one payment: Fixed amount of $2,000.
  • Week 13 payment: 45% of the person’s gross earnings for weeks 1-13, capped at $12,000.
  • Week 26 payment: 45% of the person’s gross earnings for weeks 14-26, capped at $12,000.

The process is as follows:

  • Initial contact: A person who is ready to return to work may contact the employer about a job, or their occupational rehabilitation provider may contact on their behalf.
  • Recruitment: Employers will interview them about their skills, qualifications and experience, and decide if they are the right fit for the workplace.
  • Workplace visit: If the employer offers them a job, the occupational rehabilitation provider will visit to offer free advice and support to know if the person can safely perform the role.
  • Employment: The employer will employ the person under the same employment arrangements as any other person performing that role. The occupational rehabilitation provider keeps in touch with for the first 13 weeks. After that, employers will communicate directly with the person’s WorkSafe agent about the final payments.

There are no limits to the number of times an employer can hire under the WISE program. WISE incentives can only be accessed once per person.

Who Can Apply ?

Eligible applicants include employers. Applicants can include group-mart configured references. However, labour hire companies, employment agencies or group training organisations that place a person into a workplace of another employer, are not eligible.


Traineeships and apprenticeships are not eligible for funding.

Visit the program website

This article was originally published on Mornington Peninsula Funding Finder

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