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Funeral expenses and support payments

The insurer may pay funeral expenses and other support payments if the worker’s death was as a result of a workplace incident and compensation is payable for the death.

Dependants (or where there are no dependants, the legal personal representative), of a worker whose death was as result of a workplace injury after 24 October 2007 are entitled to:

  • a lump sum payment
  • weekly payments for each dependant child up to the age of 16 (or 21 if they are in full-time education)
  • reasonable funeral expenses

Dependants (or where there are no dependants, the legal personal representative), of a worker’s death was as a result of a workplace injury before 24 October 2007 are entitled to:

  • the lump sum payment applicable at the date of death
  • weekly payments to children who were financially dependent on the worker
  • reasonable funeral expenses

Death benefits payable for a worker whose death was as a result of injuries include before 30 June 1987:

  • a lump sum
  • weekly payments for each dependant child up to the age of 16 (or 21 if they are in full-time education)

What funeral expenses the insurer will pay for

Funeral expenses are limited to a maximum amount of $15,000 and can include the:

  • funeral director's professional fees
  • cost of the funeral service (including cremation or burial)
  • coffin
  • mourning car
  • cemetery site
  • flowers
  • newspaper notice
  • death certificate

The insurer may in addition pay expenses for the cost of transporting the worker’s body.

Further information

Read the guidelines for claiming workers compensation for more information.

Lump sum payments

Death benefits, except funeral expenses, are indexed on 1 April and 1 October each year.  The lump sum benefit payable is the amount that is applicable at the date of the worker's death.

Dependant children

A dependant child can be a child or step child of a worker who was wholly or partially dependent for support on them at the time of the worker's death. A dependant child may be entitled to weekly payments of support until they reach the age of 16 or, if they remain in full-time education, until the age of 21.