Returning To Work An Important Part Of The Recovery Process

The Andrews Labor Government is pleased to announce that this weekend, WorkSafe will launch a major public awareness campaign to highlight the key roles many Victorians play in helping injured workers get back to work.

The ability to return to work after sustaining an injury is absolutely vital to all Victorians.

This campaign is designed to encourage everyone in the process of returning to work, including workers, employers, family, friends and GPs, to view that getting back to work is an important part of the recovery process.

WorkSafe data shows that the longer an injured worker remains off work, the greater the chance they will never work again. It has also revealed:

  • 60 per cent of injured workers off work for more than six months will be off work for more than a year.
  • 17 per cent of injured workers that are off work for more than four weeks will be off work for more than a year.

Workplace safety is a key priority of the Andrews Labor Government, and so too is ensuring those who wish to get back to work after being injured have the best assistance possible.

The Campaign will run until the end of July across metro and regional TV, on radio, in print and online. It will be supported by street and cinema advertising and will appear in doctor surgeries, health centres and pharmacies.

There will also be targeted communications to injured workers through their agents, and to employers and GPs.

For more details on the benefits of getting back to safe work, go to

Quotes attributable to Minister for Finance, Robin Scott

Assisting people getting back to work after injury is essential. Returning to work is part of the process to recovery, and helping people get back to work is what’s best for Victoria”

“Keeping people safe at work is a priority of this government, but it is important to ensure those who are injured have the best support networks available to get back to work”

“This campaign is a reminder that we all have a part to play in helping someone injured get back to work”

Quotes attributable to WorkSafe’s acting chief executive, Clare Amies

“We know that getting back to work after an injury is just as important for a worker’s mental health as it is for their physical recovery.”

“The campaign message is simple – there’s nothing like getting back to work for getting better.”

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