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Property damage claims

If you’re a worker, you might be eligible for compensation for the cost of damage done to artificial aids and clothing in a work-related incident.

You do not have to be injured to claim for property damage.

You are eligible to claim the reasonable cost of repairing or replacing an item(s) damaged in a work-related incident.

You can do this by applying to your employer’s insurer in writing. You should include the following information to support your claim:

  • That the accident happened because of or during your employment
  • What types of items were damaged and their value, and
  • How they were damaged.

The following property can be claimed:

1. Artificial aids

This can include:

  • artificial eyes
  • false teeth
  • crutches
  • artificial limbs
  • spectacles.

Compensation can include:

  • the reasonable cost of repair (or if necessary the replacement) of the artificial aid
  • the service costs of qualified people (eg consultations, prescriptions and examinations) in repairing or replacing the artificial aid
  • the loss of wages associated with attending consultations, prescriptions and examinations to repair or replace the artificial aid.

The maximum amount payable for damage to artificial aids is $2,000. This may be increased by a direction from the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC), or us if no proceedings are before the WCC, on application made by a worker.

2. Clothing

This can include compensation for the repair, and if necessary, the replacement of clothing damaged in the incident.

The maximum amount payable for damage to clothing is $600. This amount may be increased by a direction from the WCC, or by us if no proceedings are before the WCC, on application made by a worker.

Further information

To help understand your entitlements head to the Have you been injured at work? guide or the SIRA claims management guide for more information.

If you need assistance speak to the insurer or the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) on 13 94 76.

Disputes

Sometimes there can be disputes about compensation.  If there’s a dispute, there’s help available.

Our workers compensation disputes section has more information on how we can help.