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What weekly benefits do I pay an injured worker?
Under the NSW Workers Insurance Scheme, we are required to make an initial decision on liability and commence provisional liability payments within 7 days of receipt of notification of an injury. Approval of these payments does not constitute an admission of liability under the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.
If a claim is accepted under provisional liability, or outright, you are obliged to pay compensation to the injured worker at the current weekly wage rate (award) on their normal payday and to deduct tax as you would normal wages.
There is a cap on weekly payments for the duration of the workers compensation claim. The rate is indexed twice a year. Please do not pay compensation in advance of normal paydays. Your GIO Case Officer will be in contact with you to confirm the correct rate for payment. For further information on how rates of pay are calculated, please refer to the Workers Compensation Benefits Guide, or request additional information from your Case Officer.
Once GIO have authorised commencement of weekly payments, under no circumstances should compensation payments be varied or ceased without GIO's express authority.
A guide to the reimbursement of weekly claim and other benefits can be found in the Employers Guide to workers compensation in NSW on the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) website.