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How to become an accredited WRP

In Tasmania, a workplace rehabilitation provider (WRP) must be accredited by the WorkCover Tasmania Board to deliver prescribed workplace rehabilitation services.

To become accredited, you must:

  • read the guide for the Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers (the National Framework), which the Board has adopted
  • meet other specific requirements, set by the Board.

National framework

The National Framework guide sets out the initial application process and the ongoing requirements for WRPs, including:

  • conditions of approval
  • principles of workplace rehabilitation
  • code of conduct
  • evaluation methodology.

Elements of the National Framework amended or omitted in Tasmania

If you are operating in Tasmania only, the Board has amended or omitted the following elements of the National Framework that it has decided are not required for Tasmanian WRPs:

Principles of Workplace Rehabilitation:

  • 4.1.4(d) Durability of employment is confirmed 13 weeks after placement: Omitted
  • 4.4.1 Minimum qualification requirements: Amended

Monitoring of Provider Performance:

Conditions of Approval:

  • 6.(2) Minimum qualification requirements: Amended
  • 6.(5) Case load requirement: Omitted
  • 6.(6) Return to work rate: Omitted
  • Appendix 1 – Fees: Omitted

Minimum qualification required by the Board

A workplace rehabilitation consultant requires a qualification that is eligible to be recognised, accredited or registered by one of the following associations or Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency registration boards:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC)
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • Medical Board
  • Nurses Registration Board
  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • Physiotherapy Board of Australia
  • Psychology Board of Australia
  • Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia
  • Speech Pathology Australia

AND 12 months or more experience delivering workplace rehabilitation services.

Where a workplace rehabilitation consultant has less than 12 months experience delivering workplace rehabilitation services, a comprehensive induction program will be completed and professional supervision provided for a least 12 months.

The Board does not require the consultant to obtain the membership, accreditation or registration with the identified associations or registration boards — only to demonstrate that they can satisfy the eligibility requirements.

The Board recognises ASORC’s Affiliate category of membership as a pathway towards meeting the minimum qualifications. Members of this category of membership may deliver specific services under the supervision of a workplace rehabilitation consultant that does meet the minimum requirements.

Professional qualifications for delivering specific services

Some workplace rehabilitation services can only be delivered by designated professional groups. The following information lists the qualification requirements for each service.

Initial workplace assessment

  • Rehabilitation Counsellor: Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors; Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia
  • Occupational Therapist (registered)
  • Physiotherapist (registered)
  • Exercise Physiologist: Exercise and Sports Science Australia (accredited as an Exercise Physiologist)
  • Psychologist (registered)
  • Speech Pathologist: Speech Pathology Australia
  • Social Worker: Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Medical Practitioner (registered)
  • Nurse (registered)

Functional capacity assessment

  • Occupational Therapist (registered)
  • Physiotherapist (registered)
  • Exercise Physiologist: Exercise and Sports Science Australia (accredited as an Exercise Physiologist)
  • Psychologist (registered)

Workplace assessment

  • Occupational Therapist (registered)
  • Physiotherapist (registered)
  • Exercise Physiologist: Exercise and Sports Science Australia (accredited as an Exercise Physiologist)
  • Psychologist (registered)

AND for psychological components of workplace assessments:

  • Rehabilitation Counsellor: Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors; Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia
  • Psychologist (registered)
  • Social Worker:  Australian Association of Social Workers

Job analysis

  • Occupational Therapist (registered)
  • Physiotherapist (registered)

AND for psychological components of job analysis:

  • Rehabilitation Counsellor: Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors; Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia
  • Psychologist (registered)
  • Social Worker:  Australian Association of Social Workers

Advice concerning job modification

  • Occupational Therapist (registered)
  • Physiotherapist (registered)
  • Medical Practitioner (registered)
  • Nurse (registered)

Rehabilitation counselling

  • Rehabilitation Counsellor: Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors; Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia
  • Psychologist (registered)
  • Social Worker:  Australian Association of Social Workers

Vocational assessment

  • Rehabilitation Counsellor: Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors; Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia
  • Psychologist (registered)
  • Social Worker:  Australian Association of Social Workers

How to apply: If you’re operating in Tasmania only

If your organisation meets the requirements set out in the National Framework, you must complete and submit to WorkCover :

How to apply: If you’re already accredited in another jurisdiction and wish to operate in Tasmania

If your organisation already holds accreditation as a WRP in another jurisdiction and you consider that jurisdiction to be your ‘home’ jurisdiction, you must complete and submit to WorkCover :

  • Tasmanian additional requirements to operate as a WRP form (DOCX, 85.3 KB)
  • a copy of your most recent Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities application or renewal form submitted to your home jurisdiction
  • a copy of your current Instrument of Approval from your home jurisdiction
  • a copy of your most recent self-evaluation report submitted to your home jurisdiction
  • a copy of your current workers compensation insurance policy covering your organisation's WRPs operating in Tasmania.

Approval and conditions

Once approved, your organisation will receive an Instrument of Approval.

Accreditation remains in force until it is either revoked or suspended by the Board or surrendered by you.

Your organisation may be required to undergo an on-site evaluation (initiated by the Board) 12 months after the application approval.

As part of your ongoing obligations, your organisation is required to undertake annual self-evaluations, and may undergo periodic on-site evaluations.

Resources

WorkSafe Tasmania resources

Application for approval as a WRP form: HWCA (external link)

Tasmanian additional requirements to operate as a WRP form (DOCX, 85.3 KB)

Other resources

Nationally consistent approval framework for workplace rehabilitation providers: Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities (external link) 

Guide: Nationally consistent approval framework for workplace rehabilitation providers (external link)

Updated: 13th December 2019