We're here to help

view our services

Fitness for Work and Inherent Requirements of Job

Do you understand your workplace rights, responsibilities and the best practice strategies for managing fitness for work?


Employers have an overarching duty under work health and safety legislation to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. Central to this duty is ensuring that employees are fit to attend work.

Where employees have physical and/or psychological conditions, this may impact their ability to perform work safely, potentially giving rise to an exacerbation of the condition and/or further injury. Additionally, this can in turn have a significant impact on other workers, duty of care, productivity and your business’ bottom line. It is therefore crucial to ensure that throughout the course of employment employees are fit to fulfil the inherent requirements of the role they are applying for, this includes:

  • As a key element of pre-employment processes.
  • Routinely throughout employment.
  • In response to personal and work-related injuries, conditions and illnesses.
  • During key life transitions such as becoming a parent and transition to retirement.

Join us to build your understanding of the legal and practical issues associated with ensuring your workforce is fit for work. Consider the importance of inherent requirements of job processes and how these may enhance your HR and IR strategy. Discover how to effectively but supportively manage the legal, operational and practical risks associated with fitness for work concerns.


Our Point of Difference

  • Instructors who are qualified employment lawyers and allied health practitioners with specific workplace experience.
  • Case studies from real life workplaces and case law.
  • A practical methodology which you can take back and embed in your workplace.
  • Additional handouts and resources specific for use within workplaces.


Key Learning Outcomes

Following the course, participants will have the skills and strategies to:

  • Understand how WHS, Workers’ Compensation, and equal opportunity laws each impact on issues associated with fitness for work throughout the employment spectrum.
  • Consider the types of issues that can impact on fitness for work, both work related and outside of work.
  • Understand that is meant by “the inherent requirements” of a position.
  • Implement employers’ rights to assess fitness for work.
  • Understand how to have conversations that generate the best outcome for the employee and the business.
  • Identify and implement meaningful reasonable adjustments to support capacity and wellbeing.
  • Consider what to include in workplace contracts, policies and procedures.


Who is this course for?

Employers, People Managers and Human Resources, Injury Management and Safety professionals and those looking to better understand how to manage health in the workplace.

Each participant who completes the course will receive:

  • Resource package of example documentation and guides.

* please note a minimum of 8 registrations is required for this course to proceed.



Georgie Chapman, Partner at HR Legal and Brianna Cattanach, Senior Occupational Therapist and Practice Leader at Gallagher Workplace Risk


Event Details

Delivery:            Online event

Date:                  Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Time:                 12:30pm – 3.00pm (AEDT)

Cost:                  $250 per/person (plus GST)


Please note, event join links will be provided 24 hours prior to the scheduled session. We encourage you to include a placeholder in your calendar in the interim.

If you would like to organise a bespoke session direct to your workplace please reach out to Brianna.Cattanach@ajg.com.au

To view our complete events calendar please visit: https://www.workplacerisk.com.au/events/