Do I need to register for WorkCover insurance?

Find out if you need to register for WorkCover insurance, or if you’re exempt.


Do you need WorkCover insurance?

When you must register

Generally, you must register for WorkCover insurance if you or your company employs any workers in Victoria.

If your company employs you personally, then you are a worker of your own company, and need to register.


You don't need to register if you or your company has no apprentices, and does not or is not liable to pay more than $7,500 in a financial year in remuneration.

Sole traders, partnerships and trusts

You don't need to register if you're a sole trader, an individual in a partnership or an individual trustee of a trust and you don't employ any other people as workers.


You don't need to register if you're a company and you do all the contract work for your company's one and only business client.


If you're not registered for WorkCover insurance when you should be, you may face severe penalties.

You can also be required to reimburse WorkSafe for any compensation paid to your injured workers.

Related information

WorkSafe Advisory Service

WorkSafe's advisory service is available between 7:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday. If you need more support, you can also contact WorkSafe using the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) or the National Relay Service.

1800 136 089 More contact options