Vocational Rehabilitation

What is vocational rehabilitation?

Vocational rehabilitation helps maintain work activities or a return to the work force after you have been injured or become ill. It takes into account your existing work skills and the effects of your medical condition, and a range of other rehabilitation needs that may be addressed concurrently (such as psychological or social interventions).

What is the aim of vocational rehabilitation?

The aim of vocational rehabilitation is to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain suitable work. Your rehabilitation coordinator cannot offer you employment, but may refer you to a rehabilitation provider who will recommend ways to help you to obtain suitable work.

If you are considered suitable to undertake a vocational rehabilitation program, you will be closely involved in the development of the program to make sure it meets your reasonable needs and that it recognises and builds on your skills, abilities and work experience. At the end of your vocational rehabilitation program, DVA and its rehabilitation providers will take all reasonable steps to assist you to obtain suitable work.

What types of vocational assistance may be provided?

A rehabilitation program may comprise of one or more of the following:

  • vocational assessment;
  • evaluation of your functional capacity;
  • assessment of your daily living activities;
  • a work site assessment;
  • short-term vocationally-based training;
  • on-the-job training;
  • work training placements;
  • preparation of an employment resumé;
  • training in job seeking skills; and
  • assistance with job seeking.

Veterans' Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme(VVRS)

The VVRS is a totally free and voluntary rehabilitation program designed to help eligible veterans under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA). Help can be provided with specific vocational issues, such as those transitioning from military to civilian employment and those who may experience difficulty in obtaining and/or holding civilian employment. Eligible veterans who have been out of the workforce for some time and require support and pension protection while attempting to retrain and re-enter paid employment are suitable candidates for this vocational rehabilitation scheme.

The VVRS may provide vocationally oriented services such as:

  • an assessment to determine work opportunities,
  • advice on job seeking or support to secure a job at risk, or
  • assistance in finding work or upgrading skills.

Through DVA’s comprehensive rehabilitation assessment process clients with other non vocational and more general rehabilitation needs may be referred to appropriate DVA or community services.

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