Workers compensation

Information about workers compensation, an insurance payment for employees who are injured or become sick at work.

  • Time limit

    Time limit

    A claim for workers compensation should be made within six months of the date of injury or death.

    In some circumstances, the time limit may be exceeded to three years if you were not in the State or the injury resulted in death or serious and permanent impairment. 

Workers compensation provides support for workers and covers the employees:

  • wages while they are unable to work
  • medical expenses, treatment and rehabilitation costs.

You must report the injury to your workplace within 30 days. You must provide:

  • the time and date of the injury or illness
  • a description of how it happened
  • a description of the injury or illness.

You should visit your doctor and ask for a Certificate of Capacity which has details about your diagnosis and your capacity to work.

Your employer should give you a workers’ compensation claim form to complete. You can also get this form from your doctor.

After you lodge your claim, the insurer will contact you to let you know if they have accepted or rejected your claim.

If your employer refuses to do anything, you can contact the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA).

Depending on your injury or illness, you may be entitled to receive:

  • weekly payments to cover lost earnings
  • payments for medical and rehabilitation costs.

If you have a problem with your insurance claim, you can contact the Independent Review Office.

You should get legal advice about your claim.