While an employee is off work Comcare will make weekly payments of the employee's normal wage for the first 45 weeks. If the employee has still not returned to work after this time she or he will only receive 75% of her or his normal wage. This can be increased to up to 90% if the worker has dependants. Comcare will pay all medical and hospital costs and the cost of a rehabilitation program.
Where an employee is permanently impaired a claim can be made for up to $176 966.82 and a further $33 181.30 for pain and suffering. Comcare will pay for the cost of artificial limbs and may grant financial assistance for essential modifications to a home or car. Assistance may also be given for the injured employee to receive attendant care and/or obtain household help.
In the case of death, the employee's dependants may claim up to $504 449.16 as well as funeral expenses and a weekly allowance for each dependant child.
All figures are updated to July 2014 and are indexed according to the consumer price index [see Safety, Rehabillitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) ss 14-29]. As with the South Australian legislation, compensation is also paid for permanent disabilities (impairments) although a threshold of 10% must be experienced before any compensation is paid.
See further: http://www.comcare.gov.au/
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