How long can weekly compensation payments continue?
Subject to appropriate workers’ compensation medical certificates, the maximum duration of weekly compensation payments is generally linked to the level of a worker’s “Whole Person Impairment” ( WPI). The level of the worker’s WPI is determined by a medical assessor who looks at the degree to which their capacity to carry out daily activities has been diminished by the injury.
Weekly compensation payments may continue until:
- 9 years if the WPI is less than 15%;
- 12 years if the WPI is 15% or more but less than 20%;
- 20 years if the WPI is 20% or more but less than 30%;
- Up to 65 years of age if the WPI is 30% or more; or
For 12 months if a worker is already 64 years old (or older) when the injury occurs.