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 workers' compensation medical 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.
We 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.
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.
Queensland full time adults ordinary time earnings (QOTE)
Queensland full time adults ordinary time earnings (QOTE) is a 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.