JobCover6

JobCover6

What is the JobCover6?

The JobCover6 is a program that support employers to offer employment for up to 6 months duration to a worker recovering from a work-related injury, where the worker is looking for new employment.

 

Background

JobCover6 helps workers locate suitable work where ongoing employment cannot be secured with a new employer. The program supports employers to offer employment for up to 6 months duration to a worker recovering from a work-related injury, where the worker is looking for new employment.

JobCover6 provides benefits to a new employer to help offset the costs of engaging and training a new worker.  The benefits include:

  • incentive payments of up to $10,400 for up to 6 months
  • exemption of the worker’s wages from their workers compensation premium calculation for two years
  • protection against the costs of changes to the worker’s existing injury for up to two years.

The program benefits can be used individually, as a combination, or as a total package to meet the needs of the employer and worker.

 

Funding

Employers participating in this scheme will receive:

  • incentive payments of up to $10,400 for up to 6 months
  • an exemption of the injured worker’s wages from the employer’s workers compensation premium calculation for 2 years
  • protection against the costs of changes to the worker’s existing injury for up to 2 years

The weekly incentive payment is a maximum of $400 per week.

Payments are calculated on a weekly basis. The amount paid will be either the gross weekly wage paid to the worker, or $400 per week should the gross wage exceed the weekly incentive payment amount.

 

Eligibility

A worker is eligible if they:

  • have capacity for work and they are looking for new employment
  • are receiving, or are entitled to receive, weekly workers compensation payments under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (1987 Act)
  • haven’t accepted a commutation or work injury damages settlement

An employer may be eligible if they:

  • have no workers compensation liability to the worker (are a different employer to the pre-injury employer)
  • have offered employment to a worker for an agreed period for a minimum of 64 paid hours per month or a return to pre-injury hours.  Fewer hours may be considered if it can be demonstrated that the worker will progress to meet this requirement within a reasonable timeframe
  • hold a current workers compensation policy with an insurer or a self-insurer’s licence
  • are not grouped with the pre-injury employer for workers compensation insurance or insured under the same group self-insurer licence as the pre-injury employer
  • are not in receipt of any other wage subsidy for the worker
  • can demonstrate adherence to their jurisdiction’s workers compensation and workplace health and safety legislation

Note:

A Commonwealth or interstate employer may be eligible for the program however they are not eligible for the premium exemption due to the different insurance arrangements between Australian jurisdictions

 

Timing

Applications open on an ongoing basis. 

 

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