Job dictionaries

Getting a worker back to work quickly after a work injury increases the likelihood of a full recovery and return to work and our job dictionaries are a useful tool for identifying suitable duties that can be performed while they recover from their injury.

Each of the following job dictionaries includes a job/task breakdown and guidance on the physical demands required for each task, injury risks and how each task can be performed safely. (These documents are current as at 2016 and no updates are planned).

Also known as early medical assessments, job analysis, worksite assessments and work capacity forms, job dictionaries are an essential communication aid for people involved in planning and facilitating a worker’s recovery and return to work.

Name Ascending Decending Industry Ascending Decending
Aged care - care worker community - all tasks Aged care
Aged care - cleaner - all tasks Aged care
Aged care - commercial kitchen staff - all tasks Aged care
Aged care - diversional therapist - all tasks Aged care
Aged care - enrolled nurse - all tasks Aged care
Aged care - laundry assistant - all tasks Aged care
Aged care - registered nurse - all tasks Aged care
Aged care - residential care worker Aged care
Bread and cake retailing - administration Wholesale and retail
Bread and cake retailing - baker Wholesale and retail



All workplaces and circumstances are different and these job dictionary documents should be used as a guide only. They are not diagnostic and should not replace consultation, evaluation, or personal services including examination and an agreed course of action by a licensed practitioner. The accuracy, currency and completeness of the information available in these documents cannot be guaranteed. ReturnToWorkSA and its respective affiliates and agents do not accept any liability for injury, loss or damage arising from the use or reliance on these documents.