Last updated June 2020
This chapter explains your obligations under workers’ compensation legislation in each jurisdiction and how to manage workers’ compensation claims.
What is workers’ compensation?
An injured worker may make a claim for compensation under their employer’s compulsory workers’ compensation insurance policy.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault statutory compensation that an injured worker may claim under their employer’s compulsory workers’ compensation insurance policy.
The ‘no fault’ principle is when compensation is available to a worker if they are unable to work due to a work-related injury, even if their employer committed no wrong.
Workers’ compensation schemes in each state and territory aim to:
- return injured workers to work in a timely, safe and sustainable manner;
- compensate injured workers for some of their economic loss during their period of recovery;
- cover the cost of any necessary medical treatment; and
- achieve a balance between returning injured workers to work as soon as possible, and ensuring that injured workers are able to fully recover and do not aggravate their injuries.
How is workers’ compensation governed in your jurisdiction?
Each state and territory has its own workers’ compensation legislation. Commonwealth legislation applies for federal public sector employees and employees of certain national private sector employers.