Work Capacity medical certificate - Information for health practitioners
The evidence is compelling: for most individuals, working improves health and wellbeing and reduces psychological distress. (Ref P.7 The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australian and New Zealand Consensus Statement on Health Benefits of Work, May 2011)
Purpose of a Work Capacity medical certificate
To assist people into suitable work, Work and Income needs to understand the impact of their health condition, injury or disability on their ability to work. The Work Capacity medical certificate is designed to gather this information. It asks:
- the barriers and/or limitations to work (including any non-medical barriers or limitations)
- diagnoses (using READ codes) that impact on a person’s ability to work
- if a person’s work capacity is expected to change and, if so, how and when
- the support or accommodations that could help a person to work
- the hours a person could work in a suitable role if they receive the support needed when a person’s work capacity should be reviewed.
A medical certificate doesn’t affect whether a person is eligible for financial support from Work and Income. Rather it provides information that helps Work and Income decide which benefit is most appropriate, and whether or not a person will be required to look for suitable work (full or part-time).
Most people with a health condition, injury or disability can work with the right support. This benefits them, their family and the wider community.
Indicating support or accommodations needed
How often does a person need to give Work and Income a medical certificate?
Completing a Work Capacity medical certificate
Sending Work Capacity medical certificates to us
How Work and Income uses the information on the medical certificate