Threshold entitlements

Published: 12 August 2019
Last edited: 12 August 2019

This section does not apply to exempt workers

Summary of key compensation entitlement gateways

A worker’s degree of whole person impairment is also used to determine their access to certain types of benefits, or to continue benefits past certain cut-off points. These are summarised in the table below.

Threshold percentage of permanent impairment required

Entitlement

Comments

Degree of permanent impairment not assessed or assessed to be 10% or less.

Entitled to receive two years of medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses from:

  • after weekly payments of compensation cease, OR
  • the date of claim if no weekly payments of compensation made.

N/A

Degree of permanent impairment assessed to be greater than 10%.

Entitled to:

  • compensation for permanent impairment1
  • receive five years of medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses from:
    • after weekly payments of compensation cease, OR
    • the date of claim if no weekly payments of compensation made.

N/A

Degree of permanent impairment assessed to be at least 15%.

May be entitled to:

  • bring a work injury damages claim
  • seek a commutation
  • claim ongoing domestic assistance.

There are significant additional preconditions before liability in respect of an injury can be commuted.

There are additional requirements before a worker can recover damages (eg prove negligence).

Degree of permanent impairment assessed to be more than 20%.

Satisfies one of the requirements to receive weekly benefits after 130 weeks of entitlement.

Satisfies one of the requirements to receive weekly benefits after 260 weeks of entitlement.

Entitled to receive medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses for life.

A worker who has a degree of permanent impairment greater than 20% WPI is classed as a Worker with high needs.

Degree of permanent impairment assessed to be more than 30% WPI.

Entitled to receive weekly benefits to retiring age and medicals for life.

A worker who has a degree of permanent impairment greater than 30% is classed as a Worker with highest needs.


1The degree of permanent impairment for psychological injury must be at least 15 per cent.

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