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can pay the reasonable costs of modifications to a home in which a resides in Australia, where the modifications are reasonably required as a result of a or illness and will impact on a worker’s access to and function within the home.

If a worker’s home cannot be reasonably modified for any reason, WorkSafe may contribute a reasonable amount to the purchase cost of a semi-detached portable unit or to the costs of relocating the worker to another home that is suitable for the worker or is capable of being reasonably modified.

A worker is also required to sign a Capital Service Agreement if the payment or contribution is more than $10,000.

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Capital service agreement

A worker or their is required to sign a Capital Service Agreement when the costs of a building modification are greater than $10,000 in accordance. A worker must enter into an agreement with the agent in relation to ownership and maintenance of the home modifications, subsequent modifications, changes of ownership and frequency of modifications.

It is considered reasonable that a worker stay in the modified home for at least 8 years, unless there are exceptional circumstances.  

What are home modifications

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Taupe Women's Viola Petula Suede Flat Clarks Suede Petula Women's Viola Flat Taupe Clarks Home modifications are changes to the structure, layout or fittings of a worker’s home where the injury restricts the ability to utilise standard fittings or facilities.

Major home modifications

Petula Clarks Women's Suede Viola Taupe Flat Any modification/contribution made by the agent for an amount greater than $10,000 where structural changes are necessary (eg moving internal walls or enlarging existing rooms) and/or extensive modifications in and around the house eg ramps, carports, bathroom and/or bedroom.

Minor home modifications

Any modification/contribution made by the agent for an amount less than or equal to $10,000.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list.

What is the difference between home modification and renovation

Home modification is distinct from renovation – definition as follows:

The agent is not responsible for any costs relating to the renovations of a worker’s home.

Who can request home modifications

Requests for home modifications can be initiated by any party, worker, family, medical and health practitioners, but the actual home modification recommendations must be submitted by Occupational Therapists ().

The request for home modifications should be received from:

What is a rental property

A rental property is a home where rent is paid to a private owner, the Ministry of Housing or a statutory organisation.

What is a semi-detached portable unit

A semi-detached portable unit is a building that can be positioned on vacant land/space close to the main residence. It only includes facilities specifically utilised by the worker which cannot be accessed or modified within the home.

What are relocation costs

Relocation costs are the reasonable costs directly related to the worker moving from one home to another:

How is eligibility for home modifications determined

Eligibility for home modifications is determined by the worker’s need to reasonably access and complete functional activities within their home as a result of the injury or illness.

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What information is required prior to approval of a home modification

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In order to consider payment of the reasonable costs of home modifications for a worker residing in Australia, the agent requires the following information:

The report from the occupational therapist and where applicable, the building modification project manager must take into account:

What home modifications can be considered for a worker who has a significant long-term physical, sensory or cognitive disability

Reasonable home modifications are those that allow the worker access to the following areas of the home:

Other examples of home modifications that can be considered include:

Home modifications may be completed in a multi-step process

The agent may consider paying the reasonable costs of home modifications as a multi-step process. Initial home modifications may be undertaken to facilitate reasonable access to assist the worker to enter and leave the home to facilitate discharge from hospital, while the remainder of the recommended home modifications may be undertaken post discharge.

What factors impact on the reasonable costs of home modifications

An occupational therapist and/or WorkSafe contracted building modifications project manager will assess and make recommendations regarding the suitability of a home to be modified having regard to the following factors:

Please Note: In cases of late claim acceptance, the agent will consider these factors to reimburse the reasonable costs of home modifications if already completed.   

What can the agent pay for if the worker’s home cannot be reasonably modified

If, for any reason, a worker resides in a home that cannot be reasonably modified, the agent can contribute a reasonable amount towards an alternative housing option to purchase a semi-detachable portable unit.

The agent can also contribute a reasonable amount towards a worker’s relocation costs to another suitable home or home that is capable of being reasonably modified.

What WorkSafe will pay for

Worker's home is a rental property and cannot be reasonably modified

If the worker’s home is a rental property and cannot be reasonably modified, the agent can pay for the assistance in finding another more suitable property. This assistance may include the reasonable costs of an assessment and report by an occupational therapist, real estate agent fees and removalist costs.

If a more suitable rental property cannot be located, the agent can consider contributing a reasonable amount towards home modifications required to a new home – in such cases, an occupational therapist must review the selected property in order to identify suitable residential options.

Worker chooses to build a new home or move into another home

Flat Clarks Taupe Women's Suede Viola Petula If a worker chooses to move into another home, they would need to take into consideration their injury-related requirements. It would not be considered reasonable for a worker with significant functional limitations to move into a home where substantial modifications needed to be undertaken to allow reasonable access to the home.

The agent can consider paying the reasonable difference between the cost of building the home and the costs of disability-specific needs. For example, the cost difference between a standard bathroom and a disability accessible bathroom.

In such cases, an occupational therapist must review the selected property in order to identify suitable residential options.

Modifications for a secondary home which the worker concurrently resides in

Flat Women's Viola Suede Clarks Petula Taupe If the worker requests modifications for a secondary home for which they concurrently reside in, the agent can consider:

More than one home modification

When considering a request for subsequent home modifications, the agent must have regard to the appropriateness of the next home for modification and the:

The agent can consider paying for more than one home modification if:

Whilst a worker’s housing choice and the need to change residences from time to time is acknowledged, it would not be considered reasonable for a worker with significant functional limitations to move to a home where substantial modifications needed to be undertaken to allow reasonable access.

In such cases, an occupational therapist must review the selected property in order to identify suitable residential options.

The provision of short-term alternative housing

The provision of short-term alternative housing costs whilst home modifications are underway may be considered.

If the worker is unable to access their usual home during the home modification process, the agent may consider assisting with the reasonable costs of short-term alternative housing. Examples of short-term housing costs include a short-term stay in an accessible rental property, hotel, motel or service apartment.

The provision of air-conditioning/evaporative cooling and heating

The agent can pay for the reasonable costs of air conditioning/evaporative cooling and heating for a worker with impaired thermoregulation.

Maintenance/repair costs for the completed home modifications

The agent can pay for of maintenance and repair of the home modifications completed in relation to the worker’s work-related injuries or illnesses only. For example - for the maintenance/replacement of a ramp or hand rail.

In cases of faulty workmanship, maintenance/repairs remain the responsibility of the tradesperson or company and not the agent.

What WorkSafe will not pay for

 

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