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WorkCover Payments and Support

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How are WorkCover weekly payments calculated?

Your WorkCover weekly payments depend on the seriousness of your injury and the length of time you are off work. Weekly payments are calculated as a percentage of your pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE) up to a set maximum.

The calculation of your pre-injury average weekly earnings is a complex matter. Normally it is your average weekly earnings for the twelve months before your injury. It may include some regular additional payments, for example ‘piecework’, or overtime worked in a regular pattern.

If you are partially incapacitated, WorkCover can reduce your payments by deducting ‘notional earnings’. Your notional earnings are the amount that WorkCover believes you could earn in a job suited to your current condition, even if you are not able to obtain that job.

If you are receiving weekly compensation payments and you return to work you must advise WorkCover. You must even advise WorkCover if you start any unpaid or voluntary work.

How does the date of my injury impact my level of WorkCover compensation?

If you are injured between 01/9/1985 - 11/11/1997

  • First 6 months: 95% of pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE)
  • After 6 months: 90% if seriously injured, 70% if totally incapacitated, 60% if partially incapacitated
  • After 2 years: Continue at 90% or 70% only as above

If you are injured between 12/11/1997 - 31/12/2004:

  • First 13 weeks: 95% of pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE)
  • After 13 weeks: 75% if no current work capacity*, 60% if currently able to work
  • After 2 years: Continue at 75% if no current work capacity* and this is likely to continue indefinitely OR continue at 60% if you have returned to employment of at least 15 hours per week and earning at least $105 and this is likely to continue indefinitely

If you are injured between 01/01/2005 - to date:

  • First 13 weeks: 95% of pre-injury average weekly earnings PIAWE
  • After 13 weeks: 75% if no current work capacity*, 75% if currently able to work
  • After two and a half years: Continue at 75% if no current work capacity* and this is likely to continue indefinitely OR continue at 60% if you have returned to employment of at least 15 hours per week and earning at least $105 and this is likely to continue indefinitely

* ‘No current work capacity’ means an inability to return to either your pre-injury employment or modified or restricted duties.

To find out if you are eligible for compensation, please contact us either by submitting an online enquiry via the form on this page or by calling us.