Your assessment will be tailored to the specific tasks and demands of your job

Employers and recruitment agencies may refer you for a pre-employment assessment to confirm your suitability for the role you have applied for.

The aim of a pre-employment assessment is not just to check if you can do the work, but to make sure you have the knowledge and capability to carry out the key tasks of your job without injuring yourself.

If you have a pre-existing condition, a pre-employment assessment will also help an employer or recruiter make recommendations for a suitable job.

It may include elements of a Functional Capacity Evaluation to check your capabilities with any physical requirements of a job such as heavy lifting, moving objects or long periods of standing or sitting.

Depending on the role, your pre-employment assessment may require physical activity so you will need to wear comfortable clothes.

Usually these assessments take up to one hour but may vary in length depending on the job requirements. 

Sometimes your assessment may be in different parts and involve going to more than one location and be delivered by our health partners.

Please check with your employer or recruiter where your pre-employment assessment is taking place.

What happens in my assessment?

Your pre-employment assessment will vary depending on the job you are starting

Our assessors will work with your employer to make sure you are given an accurate assessment.
Your assessment will be designed to replicate the physical demands of the activities you will be expected to carry out at work.

Basic parts of a pre-employment assessment often include:

  • a questionnaire about your medical history 
  • recording your height, weight and blood pressure
  • a vision test
  • a grip strength test
  • checking your movement and functional physical tests (including lifting, pushing or pulling objects and bending down)

You may also be required to have a drug and alcohol test.

We work with your employer or recruitment agency to make sure you have the information you need to complete your assessment. Check with your employer, or recruitment agent, if there are any specific requirements.

You can contact our APM WorkCare team for more information about our assessments.

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Your job success is our priority

When you're referred to us, our expert teams make sure you will be safe and supported in the job you’re about to start


We have been helping Australians improve their health and safety at work for more than 20 years.

Our goal is to make sure you make the best possible start in your new job. Pre-employment assessments are one of the services we offer organisations across the country.

Following your pre-employment assessment, if you experience an injury in the workplace we can help you recover and get back to work as soon as possible.

Our return to work services includes impartial rehabilitation experts who will work with your employer, your medical practitioner and any insurer to make sure your health and wellbeing is everyone's top priority.

Research shows that getting back to work quickly can speed up the recovery time for an injury, and save on injury-related expenses.

We may also be able to help you get more workplace support if you're unable to work at the same level due to your injury.

If you become injured, speak to your employer about requesting APM WorkCare's return to work services.

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