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Weekly compensation

You may need to work fewer hours or take time off work as a result of a work related injury. Your doctor will include this information on your work capacity certificate and, if you have an accepted claim, you may be entitled to weekly compensation for lost wages during the time you can't work.

WorkCover will calculate the amount of weekly compensation you receive based on the Act and pay directly into your bank account by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

The level of compensation you receive depends on the:

  • length of time you are certified as unfit for work
  • injury date
  • length of claim
  • whether there is an industrial instrument in place, such as an award or workplace agreement.

View weekly compensation table.

To keep you on track and reduce the impact of your injury, WorkCover will pay in line with your employer where possible. Your wages will be paid in arrears and processed after the working period. Please contact your Customer Advisor if you have any questions about the scheduling of your payments.

Normal weekly earnings

Normal weekly earnings (NWE) are the weekly earnings of a worker from employment during the 12 months prior to the injury, continuous or intermittent.

Calculate normal weekly earnings

Queensland full time adults ordinary time earnings (QOTE)

QOTE is the seasonally adjusted amount of Queensland full-time adult's ordinary time earnings as declared by the Australian Statistician.

Deductions from weekly compensation

We'll only deduct tax from your weekly compensation. WorkCover cannot make deductions on behalf of a worker such as superannuation. Some industrial instruments require your employer to continue paying superannuation while you are receiving workers' compensation benefits.

When will weekly compensation payments stop?

Your entitlement to weekly compensation stops when the first of the following happens:

  • you return to work and are no longer injured
  • you receive a lump-sum offer
  • you have been receiving weekly payments for five years
  • your total weekly compensation reaches the maximum amount payable.
Last updated
24 June 2016

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