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Changes to pre-injury average weekly earnings

Information about reforms to make it easier to calculate pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE) for workers injured on or after 21 October 2019.

Reforms to PIAWE were notified on the NSW Legislation website and apply for workers injured on or after 21 October 2019, and take effect from that date.

These reforms simplify the way in which a worker’s PIAWE is calculated, making it easier for workers and employers to understand, and for insurers to apply.

The new simplified PIAWE method:

  • is transparent and can be applied across a wide range of working arrangements
  • will save time to allow workers, employers and insurers to focus on return to work and improved outcomes for workers
  • enables employers and workers to agree on the PIAWE amount to be applied, as an alternative pathway to the insurer making a work capacity decision, and
  • reduces disputes in relation to PIAWE.

We have updated the information about weekly payments for workers injured on or after 21 October 2019 as well as the Claims management guide.

The new Workers compensation guidelines contain a new Part 10 on pre-injury average weekly earnings, that applies only to workers injured on or after 21 October 2019.

Read the Workers compensation guidelines table of changes to understand what changes have been made.

Amendments to the Standards of practice: expectations for insurer claims administration and conduct have also been made and will apply from 21 October 2019.

Read the standards of practice table of changes to understand what changes been made.

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