Compensation available to injured workers
If you're injured at work and need medical treatment or time off work, you may be eligible for compensation which may include time off work and treatment expenses.
You may also be able to get compensation if you've become permanently impaired, or if you find you need more than 52 weeks off work, you may also be eligible for superannuation benefits.
1. Claiming weekly payments for time lost from work
If you are injured and need time off work you can make a claim for weekly payments to cover part of your lost income.
Your weekly payments will be based on your pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE), entitlements to sick leave, annual leave and redundancy payments.
You must get a Certificate of Capacity if you wish to claim for weekly payments. Then you must complete the injured worker’s claim form.
2. Claiming for treatment expenses
If you are injured and receive medical treatment, you can have your medical and like expenses paid directly to your provider, or reimbursed to you. Ensure you keep your receipts.
You do not require a Certificate of Capacity if you are claiming for medical and like expenses only and do not have any restrictions stopping you from working in your normal, pre-injury role. You must complete the injured worker’s claim form.
3. Claiming for both weekly payments and medical expenses
If you are injured, receive medical or like treatment, and need time off work, you can have your medical and like expenses reimbursed to you as well as receive weekly payments for time off work.
You must get a certificate of capacity if you wish to claim for income lost. Then you must complete the injured worker’s claim form.
Can I get treatment before a claim is accepted?
Your health is the most important thing. It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible, regardless of whether you have an accepted workers' compensation claim.
For more information about treatment you can access without a referral, see treatment expenses.
Costs can later be covered by workers' compensation if your claim is accepted.
People involved in the process
- Your employer
- The WorkSafe agent
- Your medical or health providers
- Independent medical examiners (if required)
- Return to Work Coordinator