Commonwealth employees injured at work can claim compensation under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act, 1988.
If you have been injured at work you may have a claim for:
- Lost wages (ie base wage, overtime, allowances, penalties, etc).
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Household assistance costs
- Lump sum payment for permanent disability (which is currently not taxed)
- Redemption of lost wages by way of a lump sum payment.
Your injury could be deemed as occurring at work if it happened:
- During lunch or other authorised breaks
- Whilst travelling to or from work
- At an approved work function
- Whilst traveling to a work function
- Whilst participating in an approved sporting activity
- During a work training session
- Whilst traveling to or from medical treatment for a work related injury.
Claims under the Legislation are complicated and time limits do apply. If you do not comply with the time limits your entitlements may be adversely affected.
You are covered for a variety of injuries including physical injuries to your neck, back, arms, legs, head, teeth, etc. You are also covered for numerous diseases including respiratory conditions, heart problems, strokes, skin disorders and others. You are also able to claim for psychiatric/psychological conditions.
If you sustain a permanent disability as a result of a work injury you may be entitled to a lump sum payment. That lump sum payment is not subject to income tax. Assessing the lump sum payment can be complicated and generally the lump sum payment is only paid once for a particular injury.
We will provide you with advice that is in your best interests. We have experience in and specialise in advising Commonwealth employees who have been injured at work. Comcare is the statutory authority responsible for managing Commonwealth employee claims.
Is your claim related to work in the military? Click here for information about Defence Force compensation.