Save Time & Money By Hiring The Right Candidate The First Time Round Through Conducting A Functional Capacity Assessment

At Corporate Work Health Australia, our team is made up of health professionals with a variety of specialist knowledge who are perfectly placed to thoroughly and competently assess the suitability of any candidate for any job role.

We act as an impartial third party that you can depend on for a clear, honest and objective opinion with regards to those you are considering hiring. This service is vital in terms of injury prevention and helps reduce the number of workplace injuries, which can have a beneficial effect on related premiums.

A functional capacity assessment is the perfect way to back your intuition with regards to the suitability of a candidate with objective evidence. So, leave nothing to chance and get in touch with us here at Corporate Work Health Australia today for a thorough, dependable service that will stand your organization in good stead.

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Pre-employment Functional Assessment

Applications for job vacancies can come in from many suitable candidates, and it can be hard to know if the person that you are considering employing is physically capable of carrying out the role. With a pre-employment functional assessment * from Corporate Work Health Australia, you can be sure that you are hiring the right person.

As we act as an independent third party, you can trust that the results from our assessments reassure you that a potential worker is fit to complete their role within your company and not be susceptible to injury within the workplace.

Why is it Vital to Perform Pre-Employment Checks?

Unfortunately, the workplace can become a hazardous environment for injuries that occur when employees are carrying out their jobs. With the correct manual handling training and strong ergonomics, you can minimise the risk of injuries and musculoskeletal complaints.

However, when workplace injuries do occur, it can cause great expense to your company, both in terms of staff being off sick and if the injury is claimed upon. By hiring fit employees in the first place, the risk of work-related injuries can be reduced, and this is why we perform an independent pre-employment functional capacity assessment.

We run a series of tests that assesses their suitability for the post. This includes finding out if they have pre-existing health concerns or conditions, as this could affect their ability to perform their job. Additionally, this gives you some protection in the future against false claims of injury.

We also test to see if they can carry out the physical demands that their role would entail. Depending on the nature of the role, this could include aerobic fitness, musculoskeletal assessment, manual material handling assessment, re-qualifiers, and critical demands assessment.

Along with this, we determine if they are at risk of future injuries so that you are aware. If we find out that they are, we will be able to see what can be done to prevent it.

By having an assessment carried out, you are not only protecting the candidate and your company, but also the rest of your workforce. A potential employee who is unable to carry out the physical demands of their role can pose a threat to the rest of your team, so it is a worthwhile pre-employment check to go through.

Invest in Your Business for Long-Term Gain

With 10% of employees not being fit enough to perform the duties that are associated with their role, a pre-employment functional assessment * can save you money by only hiring those candidates that are.

You will receive a full report from Corporate Work Health Australia detailing whether candidates have passed or failed the checks. By having the full picture, you can then make a fully-informed decision.

Do not rely on interviews alone but contact us today for a free quote or to find out more information about how out pre-employment assessments work. We look forward to working with you and creating a workforce who can deliver.

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In 2012–13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy 

61.8 Billion

Injury and musculoskeletal disorders led to


of serious claims in 2014–15

1 in 10

Employees are unfit to perform required duties safely in their current job.

Functional Capacity Assessments

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 capacity assessment is 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.

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Functional Capacity Assessment: Determining Employees’ Physical Ability

One of the big challenges in business is putting people in roles to which they are most suited. That continues longer term in ensuring they remain suited for a role, especially if their abilities deteriorate for some reason.

Suitability is dependant not only on a person’s knowledge and experience but also on their physical ability to perform a job. That ability will include their overall level of fitness but may also require specific degrees of dexterity, strength, mobility, stamina and co-ordination. Ensuring employees’ suitability in these areas can be crucial in running a successful and prosperous business.

Ongoing Suitability Assessment

The key to ensuring employees are suited to their roles is often two-fold — conducting a vocational assessment to determine their mental capabilities and aptitude plus a functional capability evaluation that assesses their physical state. The latter can be part of a long-term strategy that can be used for all types of people in different situations:

  • potential new employees to determine if they are physically able to do the job for which they are being considered
  • existing employees who have been on long-term sick leave, to assess if they are fit to return to the same job as before or to a different role
  • those who have been in a role for some time but have suffered a decline in performance, possibly due to a reduction in physical ability.

The assessment will depend on your physical requirements and will be tailored accordingly. However, it will include reference to a person’s medical history and a detailed evaluation of their current and recent symptoms and treatments, their current or planned role and what they can presently do on a daily basis.

The outcome will determine if the person will be able to perform the specified role fully. If not, it will indicate if adjustments or adaptations can be made to enable them to do it, or if further rehabilitation is needed or an alternative role that is more suitable can be identified.

Confidential and Thorough Process

Every functional capacity assessment we undertake is conducted with great thoroughness and in strictest confidence. Both your company and the person being assessed can be sure that nothing that comes up during the assessment will be divulged to any third party and nothing will be done without full permission.

Assessments can be carried out at our premises or yours, depending on convenience and practicality. The aim is to make the whole process as speedy and stress-free as possible while at the same time ensuring a thoroughness of approach.

The intention when conducting evaluations is to establish a person’s suitability for their current or planned role, determining if there are limitations in their physical ability that will prevent them carrying out the role fully. By ensuing that no-one is expected to perform beyond their physical ability, you can promote the well-being of employees, achieve maximum productivity and make sure the company continues to be successful as well as being a caring and forward-looking employer.

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How Do Our Functional Capacity Assessments Determine Suitability?

A pre employment functional capacity assessment is a safeguard that protects you against the possibility of hiring an employee that is carrying an old or previous injury, or who does not meet the required physical capacity to carry out the job they have applied for.

At Corporate Work Health Australia, we ask three key questions using the JobFit System PEFA, which are:

  • Does the candidate have an existing injury?
  • Have they demonstrated the physical ability required to carry out the inherent requirements of the job?
  • Are they at an increased level of risk with regards to sustaining further injury, and if so, what can be done about it?

The importance of carrying out this functional capacity evaluation cannot be understated because it essentially is a means to ensuring that your new hire is suitable for the work and is less likely to increase the risk of being injured or causing injury to the rest of your workforce.

New entrants into any company are the most likely to sustain a workplace injury within their first months on your premises. This stems from a lack of knowledge of the site, getting to grips with the processes and procedures but also as a result of not having the capacity to comfortably and confidently complete their work.

Any employer that hires a person, fully aware that they have an existing issue fails in their duty of care to both that person and their own staff, particularly where the job they will fulfil involves work that may prove taxing and stressful, and might cause that injury to recur. We also carry our pre-employment medical assessments to ensure the candidate is physically and mentally in the right state for the role.

Employer's Benefits When Carrying Out Functional Capacity Assessments

  • 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

A functional capacity assessment 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.

What Kind Of Reporting Will I Get When Engaging In Functional Capacity Assessments

All Corporate Work Health Australia’s functional capacity evaluation 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

Corporate Work Health Uses The JOB FIT SYSTEM To Carry Out Functional Capacity Assessments

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.

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?

Our Services

Pre-employment Functional Assessments

Manual Handling Risk Assessments

Ergonomic Assessments

Onsite Physiotherapy & Osteopathy

Manual Handling Training Courses

Pre-employment Medical Assessment

Office Ergonomics Training Courses

Manual Handling Train the Trainer Courses


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