What is WorkCover?
WorkCover is a compulsory insurance that covers all Australian employees, providing protection against workplace-related injuries or illnesses regardless of who is at fault.
Every organisation* must provide this compulsory insurance to its full-time, part-time and casual workforce. WorkSafe insurance is often referred to as ‘workers’ compensation’ and its purpose it to ensure workers receive support via benefits and financial compensation as a result of a work-related injury or illness. Benefits may cover:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income (in the form of a weekly benefit)
- Rehabilitation services
- Lump sum compensation
- Legal costs
Making a claim
If you’ve been injured at work or believe you have suffered an illness that is work related, you may be entitled to WorkSafe compensation. There are several steps involved in making a claim, starting with discussing your situation with a doctor, and reporting your injury to your employer.
There are timeframes surrounding claims and it’s best to act as soon as you’re aware of your injury or illness. We suggest you get independent legal advice from expert WorkCover lawyers as soon as possible - each case is different, and you shouldn’t feel anxious undertaking the claim process.
Slater and Gordon's WorkCover lawyers are experts and can help in handling a wide range of Workers Compensation claims.
Click on the following to find out more about the step-by-step process of making a WorkCover claim.
WorkCover in your state or territory
The administration of these schemes differs slightly in each state and territory, so it’s important for employers and employees to familiarise themselves with the workers compensation scheme in their location.