Education or training assistance payments

This payment helps eligible workers with some of the costs that can be associated with returning to work

We regularly work with insurers processing workers compensation claims to support injured workers in preparing for their readiness to return to work.

What are education and training assistance payments?

You might need to participate in training to improve your readiness for work. These payments can assist with course costs to support return to work.

A cumulative total of up to $8,000 can be claimed for expenses that may include:

  • course fees
  • other related expenses (eg text books, travel).


To claim education or training assistance you must:

  • have been assessed as having a permanent impairment of more than 20 per cent
  • have received weekly payments of compensation (paid or payable) for a period of more than 78 weeks
  • participate in education or training that is consistent with your injury management plan
  • ensure that the education or training assistance is provided by:
    • a registered training organisation
    • a registered higher education provider.

How to claim this payment

Contact the insurer and provide a completed training application form.

The insurer will determine your eligibility within 21 days.

If you do not meet the criteria for education or training assistance, you may be eligible for an alternative program, click here for more details.

To help understand your entitlements, head to the Have you been injured at work? app. This provides a breakdown of your entitlements.

The University of Newcastle, Sydney Campus is a leading provider of short courses in Australia, with industry qualified and experienced educators that bring up-to-date real-world skills directly to the classroom.