How long do I have to start a workers’ compensation claim?


In Queensland, you generally have three years following a personal injury to make a claim for workers' compensation.

However, there are also additional timeframes to consider when applying to WorkCover Queensland, which are much shorter.

A claim for workers’ compensation statutory benefits must be made within six months of the date of your injury or incident. You must also ensure you report your work injury to WorkCover Queensland within six months.

The time limit for reporting your injury may be waived by WorkCover Queensland if the delay was caused by a mistake, reasonable cause, if you were absent from Queensland, or if determined by a Medical Assessment Tribunal. However, it’s always recommended to lodge your claim as early as possible.

If you intend to sue your employer for negligence (otherwise known as a common law claim) you must either request an assessment of permanent impairment from WorkCover Queensland or provide them with a compliant Notice of Claim for Damages within three years of suffering your injury.

Last updated:
February 22, 2024

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 960 482 or request a free case review to talk to one of our lawyers today.

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