If I work in the health industry and contract COVID-19 from a patient, can I lodge a workers compensation claim?

If your employment was the main contributing factor to you contracting COVID-19, you should notify your employer immediately.

Your employer will then notify the insurer within 48 hours of receiving notification of your workplace injury.

The insurer must commence weekly payments of compensation within seven days of notification, unless they have a reasonable excuse.

If you have not been notified of the insurer’s decision within seven days, you can contact the Workers Compensation Review Officer (WIRO) for assistance on 13 94 76, through their online complaints form or by email at