What is suitable employment?

Suitable employment is defined in the Act as appropriate employment that considers:

  • The nature of the workers injury and incapacity
  • The workers age, education, skill and work experience
  • Any return to work plan
  • Any rehabilitation services being provided

And does not have regard to:

  • Whether the work or employment is available
  • Whether the work or employment is the type or nature that is generally available in the employment market
  • The nature of the worker’s pre injury employment
  • The worker’s place of residence

This is a very wide definition of suitable employment. It essentially means that suitable employment could be work such as a car park attendant, receptionist or very light office type work.

Should the insurer find a worker is physically capable of undertaking such work then it will be regarded as suitable employment regardless of whether any such positions are available.