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How are WorkCover payments calculated?

Your WorkCover weekly payments depend on the seriousness of your injury and the length of time you're 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's your average weekly earnings for the twelve months before your injury.

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

By now you should have been transitioned to the new system of benefits introduced by the Amendments to the Workers Compensation Legislation in July 2014.

WorkCover payment amounts

The payments you receive are handled by the WorkCover authority in your state.

Australian Capital Territory

WorkSafe ACT is the government body responsible for the administration of workers compensation in the ACT. Information about claims, compensation, how to obtain insurance and general workplace health and safety is available on its website.

New South Wales

The NSW workers compensation scheme, and the regulation of workplace health and safety, is administered by WorkCover Authority of NSW (WorkCover).

Northern Territory

Businesses and workers can seek detailed information about staying safe at work, workers compensation, including how to make a claim, and rights and responsibilities by visiting the NT WorkSafe website.


WorkCover Queensland’s online service WorkCover Connect enables employers to manage their workers compensation insurance policies, track claims and analyse industry trends via a secure login.

Workers can also access all the relevant information they need to start the process of making a claim, or understanding more about work-related injuries and illnesses by visiting the WorkCover Queensland website.

South Australia

ReturnToWorkSA is the government body that provides advice, support and insurance services to South Australian business and employees. All work injury and illness-related resources, together with workers compensation claim information can be found on the ReturnToWorkSA website.


Workers compensation in Tasmania is regulated and administered by WorkSafe Tasmania. The Workers Compensation Handbook and The Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Guide are two key resources available on their website to help both employers and workers understand their obligations during the claim process.


WorkSafe Victoria is responsible for managing the state’s workers compensation scheme as well as enforcing occupational health and safety laws. Employers and workers can access information, tools and resources to guide them through the claims process resulting from a work-related injury or illness.

Western Australia

WorkCover WA is the government’s administrative agency for the state's workers compensation scheme. Whether you need to obtain insurance as an employer, make a claim or get advice, Western Australian’s should seek information on the website.

Useful Information:

The five simple steps to making a workers’ compensation claim

Making a claim “101” - why it’s easier and more important than you think

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Our priority at Slater and Gordon is to ensure you:

  • Feel supported through the workers compensation process

  • Understand your rights and entitlements

  • Assist you with disputes which may arise with the workcover insurer

  • Maximise your compensation

  • Provide you with clear and accurate advice about your prospects of success

Meeting with a lawyer shouldn't be an overwhelming experience, to help you you can read more about what to expect when meeting your lawyer for the first time

You should contact us if:

  • You have suffered an injury at work

  • You have suffered a flare-up of an existing injury or disease whilst at work

  • You have suffered a psychological injury at work

  • You want to know more about your potential to obtain lump sum compensation

  • Your workcover claim has been rejected

  • Your employer is pressuring you to return to work

  • The insurer won't pay for a particular expense

  • You've never received advice about a workplace injury

  • You want to know where you stand within the law.

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