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Weekly payments

WorkSafe will pay weekly payments while you're unable to perform your pre-injury hours.

There are statutory time limits - for example your payments are highest during the first 13 weeks. However many injured workers find they can return to work well before this time.

Weekly payments are usually based on the average of your ordinary earnings from the last 52 weeks. These are referred to as pre-injury average weekly earnings or PIAWE.

If you've been with your current employer for less than 1 year (52 weeks), your pre-injury average weekly earnings are calculated based on the amount of time you have been employed there. Periods of unpaid leave and weeks when you didn't work are not included.

Pre-injury average weekly earnings can include:

  • your base rate of pay
  • overtime and shift allowances
  • piece rates
  • commissions
  • the value of some non-financial benefits eg use of a motor vehicle, residential accommodation, education fees and health insurance
  • the value of any part of your salary that you salary sacrifice.

Other entitlements like annual leave or long service leave may also impact your weekly payments.

How your capacity for work affects weekly payments

Weekly payments are influenced by your current work capacity, which is described in sections 3 and 4 of your Certificate of Capacity. This will include your doctor’s recommendations about whether you can return to suitable employment, even if they are different tasks or duties to what you were doing before you were injured.

Weekly payments will differ based on whether you are able to do some work or if you can't work at all.

If you aren’t able to work (no current work capacity)

Time Payments
First 13 weeks 95% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings, subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week).
14 weeks to 130 weeks 80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings, subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week).
If your PIAWE include any overtime or shift allowance this drops off after 52 weeks.
After 130 weeks** 80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week), if you have no capacity for any work and this is likely to continue indefinitely.

Payments may continue until retirement age unless there is a change in your capacity.

If you can do some work (some current work capacity)

Time Payments if you have returned to work Payments if you haven't returned to work
First 13 weeks 95% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week), minus what you're currently earning at work. 95% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings, subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week).
14 weeks to 130 weeks 80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings, subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week), minus 80% of what you're currently earning by working.
If your PIAWE include any overtime or shift allowance this drops off after 52 weeks.
80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings, subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week).
If your PIAWE include any overtime or shift allowance this drops off after 52 weeks.
After 130 weeks Weekly payments may continue if you meet all of these criteria:
a) Have returned to work.
b) Are working at least 15 hours per week earning at least $199** per week.
c) Your work related injury or illness means it’s unlikely you’ll be able to work any more than this in the future.
80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings, subject to a Statutory maximum of double the Victorian average weekly earnings (currently $2310* a week), minus 80% of what you're currently earning by working.

Retirement age

The Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act) has been changed to reflect the new eligibility age for the aged pension.

From 1 July 2017 eligibility for the aged pension is as follows

Date of birth New retirement age
1 July 1952 to 31 Dec 1953 65 years + 6 months
1 Jan 1954 to 30 June 1955 66 years
1 July 1955 to 31 Dec 1956 66 years + 6 months
From 1 January 1957 onwards 67 years

What this means for you

You may be eligible (subject to other requirements) to receive weekly payments and superannuation contributions on your weekly payments, until you reach retirement age.

For information about aged pension payment rates and eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Department of Human Services.

* The maximum applies to those claims made on or after 5 April 2010. The figure is correct at 1 July 2018 - indexed annually.

** Correct as at 1 July 2018 - indexed annually.

In exceptional circumstances, WorkSafe may deduct an amount that the worker would have been capable of earning if they had returned to work.

For calculation of weekly payments for a claim received before 5 April 2010, contact your WorkSafe agent or WorkSafe's advisory service.