Shared claims

Published: 12 August 2019
Last edited: 12 August 2019

There may be circumstances where a worker has sustained a work-related injury or illness and there is more than one employer liable to pay compensation for that injury.

These generally arise from a 'disease injury'. Sections 15 and 16 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (1987 Act) outlines the tests to be used to determine the date of injury and which employer is liable to pay compensation.

Generally, the worker can lodge a claim with the last employer liable and begin receiving compensation. The insurer can then seek contribution from other employers who may also be liable.