Wage payments (normal weekly earnings)
Wage payments are a worker's weekly earnings from continuous or intermittent employment during the 12 months prior to an injury. If the worker hasn’t been with an employer for 12 months, WorkCover can look at the remuneration of a person who has been employed by the same employer under the same industrial agreement for at least 12 months. In addition, if a worker had more than one employer during those 12 months, all earnings will be taken into account.
It’s important to understand wage payments are not necessarily the same as average weekly earnings. Average weekly earnings are the average of all amounts paid to a worker. Wage payments takes into account only regular payments made, which would have continued if not for the injury, including:
- salary or wages
- higher duties
- penalty rates
- allowances (except those listed below).
Wage payments do not include:
- allowances payable in relation to travelling, car, relocation, meal, education, living in the country or away from home, entertainment, clothing, tools and vehicle expenses
- employer contributions to a scheme for superannuation benefits (other than contributions made from money payable to a worker)
- lump-sum payments on termination of a worker’s services for superannuation, accrued holidays, long service leave or any other purposes
- an amount payable to a worker as an employer excess payment for an injury.
Calculating wage payments
When a worker has earned different amounts each week, it is necessary to determine a weekly rate that is ‘normal’. The wage payments calculator can help calculate this figure. However, before using the calculator, it’s necessary to identify what amounts are included and excluded from the calculation of wage payments (refer to above sections).
What does the wage payments calculator do?
The wage payments calculator uses statistical measures of mode, median and mean to determine an amount that is ‘normal’.
- The mode is the most frequently recurring amount.
- The median is the middle amount in a given sequence of amounts listed in ascending order.
- The mean is the sum of all amounts divided by the total number of amounts.
The calculator considers:
- If the mode occurs at least 1/3 of the time. If it does, the mode is used as wage payments.
- If not, the calculator compares the median and the mean.
- If the mean is within 5% of the median, the greater amount of the two is used as wage payments.
- If the median and the mean differ by more than 5%, the median is used as wage payments.
- If a mode of $0 (nil) occurs at least 1/3 of the time and if the median is also $0 (nil), the mean will be used as wage payments.
Please note: A value must be entered for each pay period, even if the value is $0 (nil). The results from this calculator should be used as guide only.
If you need help using the calculator or want more information on wage payments, call WorkCover Queensland on 1300 362 128.
What if I don’t agree with the calculation of my wage payments?
If a worker or employer disagrees with the calculation, a review of the decision can be lodged with the Workers’ Compensation Regulator.
- Last updated
- 14 June 2019