Weekly Benefits

If you are injured at work and are unable to perform your normal work hours, you will be entitled to compensation for lost wages. Matters taken into consideration include:

  • Your pre injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE);
  • Overtime worked prior to your injury;
  • Superannuation;
  • The length of time for which you have been in receipt of payments; and
  • Your current work capacity

Weekly benefits are capped at twice the State average weekly earnings. As at July 2019, the maximum weekly rate payable was $2,380* (*indexed annually).

Your entitlement to weekly benefits is calculated at:

  • For the first 13 weeks following your injury: 95% of your PIAWE;
  • After 13 weeks: 80% of your PIAWE;
  • After 130 weeks:
  • 80% of your PIAWE if you have no current work capacity and this is likely to continue indefinitely; or
  • If you have returned to working at least 15 hours per week, are earning at least $177 per week and are likely to remain incapable of working beyond this level as a result of your work injury: 80% of your PIAWE less 80% of your actual earnings.

After 52 weeks, you are also entitled to superannuation whilst in receipt of weekly payments until age 65.

Determining and calculating your weekly benefits entitlements can be a complicated task. If you do not believe that your entitlements have been properly calculated by WorkCover, you should contact us immediately for advice.