Do I get full pay on WorkCover?

Unfortunately, no. How much you get paid from WorkCover Queensland payments depends on how much you’re able to work, but you are entitled to a percentage of your normal income until you return to the full duties and hours you were working prior to your injury.

It also depends on:

  • The date of your injury;
  • The length of time your doctors has said you should be off work;
  • The length of your claim; and
  • Whether an award or workplace agreement applies to you.

Generally, you will be paid:

  • 80-85% of your normal weekly earnings for the first 26 weeks that you are off work; then
  • 65-75% of your normal weekly earnings for any period between 26 weeks and five years

However, if you are able to return to work on light or suitable duties you will be paid 100 per cent for the work you are doing, and then you’ll also receive 85 per cent of the difference between your ordinary wage and the wage for the job you are doing while you recover.

It is important to keep in mind that if you’re still unable to work two years after your injury, WorkCover Queensland are likely to organise an assessment of your degree of permanent impairment to determine the percentage of your normal weekly earnings that you will receive.

Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For help understanding your rights, please call 1800 851 458 or chat via live chat to talk to one of our Lawyers today.

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