Pre Employment Assessments & Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional Capacity Assessment Service Across Australia 

Every employer wants to find the perfect employees that will take their company to the next level and help them to achieve their goals. While the education system ensures that there are plenty of willing candidates with the requisite knowledge to theoretically carry out the job, determining whether the person is physically suitable to complete the work that they are applying to undertake is just as important.

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Here at Corporate Work Health Australia, we offer our functional capacity assessment to companies across the country that wish to gain an appreciation of the physical wellbeing of those that they intend to hire before they hand them a contract.

We are a team of business owners and health professionals that understand the need to gain an insight into the capabilities of those in our employ and their abilities. We carry out a series of test that gives you objective information specific to the job you are hiring for, with regards to each applicant’s physical and functional capacity.

All business owners have heard stories about promising new hires who were quickly injured and filed a claim against their employer. The reality is that the duty of care you owe to your employees extends to injury prevention and making informed decisions with regards to employment. There are two main assessments we carry out, the first being a pre-employment functional assessment and the second a pre-employment medical assessment.

How Employers Benefit from Functional Capacity Assessments

In the past, the emphasis was on the interview and the intuitive capabilities of those assessing candidates for a role. While this perhaps ensured that smart candidates who displayed bright and informed personalities may rise to the top of the list, those that possess the natural capabilities to actually complete physical tasks with little risk of incurring injury and who perhaps had the aptitude to learn on the job were overlooked.

A functional capacity evaluation does not only protect your new hire or limit the chances of injury befalling them, but it also is a smart move in terms of safeguarding the wellbeing of those that you already employ. Accidents in the workplace are not always isolated and impact the person at the heart of the problem, but can cause harm to come to those in the vicinity at the time. As such, this is a key preventative measure you can take before you ever extend your hand to welcome a new hire, and gives you a complete picture of what they are capable of.

At Corporate Work Health Australia, many past clients benefit from these evaluations when false claims of injury were filed against them. Having a record of pre-employment capacity can be very useful in such instances. What’s more, it lowers the chances of mismatching workers with critical job tasks that might put them or those in that department at risk.

How to Ensure You Choose the Right Candidate for the Job

We also complete periodic functional capacity assessments for our clients where employees that incurred an injury return to work and the need to track their recovery is necessary. Using the JobFit System is a reliable method that serves as a repeated measure that will accurately monitor change over time. As such, any improvement or regression is identified in the worker and this objective assessment can be customized to any worker’s injury and job.

So, if you are planning a recruitment drive and wish to determine exactly who ticks all the boxes for the jobs you advertise, get in touch with the team here at Corporate Work Health Australia to discuss how we can deliver our tried, tested and trusted methods to help you secure the best candidates.

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Pre Employment Physical (Functional) Assessment (PEFA)

“Injury and musculoskeletal disorders led to 90% of serious claims in 2014–15, with the most common traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries (almost 45%). Safe Work Australia estimate in 2012–13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy $61.8 billion, representing 4.1% of GDP. It is estimated that 1 in 10 employees currently employed for a given job are unfit to perform those duties safely.”

Pre Employment Assessment & Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Services are carried out at all major cities around Australia. The process of recruitment, the impact of work related injuries and the resulting labour replacement efforts can be a costly exercise for any business. The cost of loss time and related medical expenses associated with injuries to Australian employers is significant.

Corporate Work Health Australia’s pre-employment functional assessments are a series of tests that provide objective information about an applicant’s physical and functional capacity in relation to the job for which they are applying. The PEFA is designed to help identify workers with and without medical conditions, impairments or disabilities in order to determine if they will be placed at imminent risk of injury or pose risk to co-workers when required to perform the essential functions of a job.

This process is important when considering the potential costs associated with work injury that may have resulted from a mismatch between a worker and the demands of the job, a step that is often overlooked in the standard pre-employment medical. This service is becoming increasingly recognised as an important part of injury prevention and ultimately assists in reducing employer’s premiums associated with workplace injuries and lost time. 

At Corporate Work Health Australia we adopt the JobFit Training System to undertake pre employment screening and functional capacity evaluations.

The JobFit Training System was developed by health and safety specialists (physiotherapists, ergonomists) to provide companies a simple, safe, effective and reliable method to record key physical requirements of tasks and safely matching these with the functional abilities of workers with minimal duplication of information and services.  Read more about the JobFit Training System by clicking the link


Pre Employment Functional Assessment (PEFA)

The JobFit System Pre-Employment Functional Assessment (PEFA) is a job-specific short-form Functional Capacity Evaluation.

Each JobFit System PEFA takes about an hour and includes a musculoskeletal screen, aerobic fitness test, job-specific static and dynamic postural tolerances (eg reaching, squatting, climbing) and job-specific lifting and carrying tasks.

A JobFit System PEFA answers three questions:

  1. Does the worker have a current injury?
  2. Has the worker demonstrated the physical capacity to perform the inherent requirements of the job?
  3. Does the worker have an increased future risk of injury and what can be done about it?


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Functional Capacity Assessment Evaluation

PEFAs are not just PRE-Employment Functional Assessments, they are also PERIODIC Employment Functional Assessments.

More and more employers are using the JobFit System PEFA:

  • During the rehabilitation process to monitor change
  • At claim closure to determine suitability in returning to pre-injury duties
  • Prior to returning to work after a non-work related injury or illness
  • Employees transferring between jobs
  • Contractors commencing a new project

Because the JobFit System PEFA has been scientifically proven to have Good to Excellent Reliability, you can use it as a ‘repeat’ measure to monitor change over time.   This reliability means that any change in the result, is likely because of a change in the worker, not because the test was done in a different way.

JobFit System PEFA processes are standardised, but the test inclusions can be customised to the worker’s injury and their job.

We use the patented JobFit System software to objectively match the worker’s abilities to their job.

Benefits to Employer

  • Improved health and reduced injury risk of workers employed, and total workforce
  • Reduced mismatch between worker and critical job tasks leading to injury or illness
  • Record of pre-employment capacity affording some protection against false claims of injury
  • Record of pre-employment capacity helps to identify when a subsequent injury has recovered (returned to pre-injury state)
  • Functional Job Analysis allows unsafe work practices to be indentified and reduced
  • Reduction in Workcover claims and Workcover premiums through reduced injury rates


All Corporate Work Health Australia’s pre-employment functional assessments are completed with a report to the employer outlining if the worker met (passed) or did not meet (failed) the critical demand criteria for the job in which they have been offered employment.

All assessments will be designed for your company and job roles, however, as a general guide most assessments address the following:

  • Pre-Assessment Information
  • Medical History
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Manual Materal Handling Assessment
  • Pre-Qualifiers (Is worker safe to complete critical job demands assessment)
  • Critical Demands Assessment

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