Providing suitable employment

Once an injured worker has some capacity to return to work, in most cases the employer must provide the injured worker with suitable employment. Suitable employment is employment which the worker is fit and able to complete and, as far as reasonably practicable, the same or similar to their pre-injury employment.

When considering suitable employment options the relevant factors which must be taken into consideration are the worker’s:

  • capacity to work and previous employment
  • age, education, skills and work experience
  • place of residence
  • medical history
  • return to work plan obligations
  • any other relevant information.

For workers

If you believe your employer has failed to make reasonable efforts to identify and offer you suitable employment in your workplace you can:

For employers

You can read our return to work compliance guidelines (DOCX, 614 KB) which contain information on suitable employment obligations and how issues are investigated and dealt with by ReturnToWorkSA.

If you have any questions please contact us on 13 18 55 or email