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At KINNECT we use a series of standardised evaluations to gain a better understanding of an employee’s functional capacity for work. KINNECT’s highly trained exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists conduct FCEs either onsite or in our clinics across Australia. KINNECT offer both onsite and in clinic FCEs.

Work Based (Onsite) Functional Capacity Evaluation

If a work based FCE is performed, the employee will be requested to demonstrate their capacity to perform their usual duties. Based on this capacity, an opinion will be made regarding their safety if they were to return to pre-injury duties. In certain instances, the worker may also be requested to demonstrate their capacity to perform suitable duties available within the workplace. This allows return to work recommendations to be formulated if the employee is deemed unsafe to return to pre-injury duties.

Clinic Based Functional Capacity Evaluation

Clinic based FCEs attempt to replicate an employee’s pre-injury job demands by simulating their duties within our clinic. The employee is requested to demonstrate their capacity to perform certain tasks. The weights, dynamic and postural tolerances tested are based on the employee’s position description or job task analysis. In the event that neither documents are available, KINNECT will attempt to reproduce the functional demands through subjective reports.

An FCE includes:

  • A comprehensive assessment delivered by an experienced allied health professional and injury management specialist
  • A post assessment phone call to discuss the outcomes of the assessment and potential recommendations
  • An objective report documenting an employee’s injury history and capacity to perform their pre-injury duties

FCE’s take approximately 2-3 hours, with the report completed post assessment and submitted to you within 24 hours. Our comprehensive report addresses:

  • Overview of injury history
  • Current medical concerns
  • Discussion of work demands (review of job task analysis if available)
  • Medical history reviewed and summarised
  • Summary of capacity to perform objective functional tasks including lifting, carrying, dynamic and positional tolerances
  • Summary of capacity to perform job specific tasks simulated during the assessment
  • Opinion and recommendations on the employee’s ability to perform pre-injury duties
  • Opinion and recommendations with regards to suitable duties and/or restrictions
  • Opinion and recommendations on an employee’s future rehabilitation needs


KINNECT has a Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) with all Queensland Government Departments for the provision of Early Intervention Programs.



KINNECT is an approved supplier on the Local Buy Panel.  Under the Business Management Services contract (BUS 249-0515), relevant Queensland and Northern Territory local government departments can engage KINNECT for FCEs through Vendor Panel.

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In summary, a Functional Capacity Evaluation is an assessment containing a series of tests to determine a worker’s physical ability to meet the functional demands associated with their pre- injury role, thus, assisting them with their recovery and or return to work. These evaluations match the worker’s physical abilities to the critical demands of the job requirements that are needed to be met.

These evaluations cover a wide range of tests including but not limited to:

  • History
  • Current medical concerns
  • Discussion of work demands (review of Job Task Analysis if available)
  • Medical history reviewed and summarised
  • Objective functional testing including lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, squatting, gripping, reaching, bending, walking, standing
  • Job specific tasks simulated during the assessment
  • Outline of current functional abilities demonstrated during the assessment
  • Opinion and recommendations on the workers ability to perform the pre-injury duties as outlined in Job Task Analysis / or as reported if task analysis not available

By conducting a functional capacity test on an injured worker, both the company and the worker will be provided with a clear and defined plan with regards to the injured worker’s re-integration back into the workforce. By focusing on the current functional ability of the worker while rehabilitating from an injury, suitable duties can be identified reducing the risk of aggravation or re-injury.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation can be be used in the following situations to determine:

  • The worker’s safety to perform their current role
  • Capacity for full duties before receiving a full medical clearance
  • Current capacity for suitable duties following an injury/illness
  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Perth, WA
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Canberra, ACT
  • Bunbury, WA
  • Gold Coast, QLD
  • Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • Gladstone, QLD
  • Townsville, QLD
  • Cairns, QLD
  • Rockhampton, QLD
  • Emerald, QLD
  • Mackay, QLD
  • Ipswich, QLD
  • Gympie, QLD
  • Bundaberg, QLD
  • Yeppoon, QLD
  • Innisfail, QLD
  • Charters Towers, QLD
  • Moranbah, QLD
  • Atherton, QLD
  • Toowoomba, QLD
  • Adelaide, SA

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