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support payments and funeral expenses

If you’re a family member who was totally or partially dependant for support on the worker at the time of their death or injury in the workplace, you may be entitled to financial support.

Funeral expenses and other compensation may be payable if the worker has died as a result of a workplace incident.

death benefits and funeral expenses

after 24 october 2007

Dependents (or where there are no dependants, the estate), of a worker who dies on or after 24 October 2007 as a result of a workplace injury that occurred on or after 30 June 1987, are entitled to:

  • a lump sum
  • weekly payments for each dependent child
  • reasonable funeral expenses.

before 24 october 2007

Dependents of a worker who died before 24 October 2007, as a result of a workplace injury that occurred on or after 30 June 1987, are entitled to:

  • the lump sum payment applicable at the date of death
  • weekly payments to children who were financially dependent on the worker
  • reasonable funeral expenses.

before 30 june 1987

Death benefits payable for a worker who died as a result of injuries that occurred before 30 June 1987 include:

  • a lump sum
  • weekly payments for each dependent child.

lump sum payments

Death benefits, except funeral expenses, are indexed on 1 April and 1 October each year.  The lump sum benefit payable is the amount that is applicable at the date of the worker's death.

further information

what funeral expenses we pay for

Funeral expenses are limited to a maximum amount of $15,000 and can include:

  • funeral director's professional fees
  • cost of the funeral service (including cremation or burial)
  • coffin
  • mourning car
  • cemetery site
  • flowers
  • newspaper notice
  • death certificate.

dependent children

A dependent child can be a child or step-child of a worker who was wholly or partially dependent for support on them at the time of the worker's death. A dependent child may be entitled to weekly payments of support until they reach the age of 16 or, if they remain a student, until the age of 21.

payments under the Workers Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942

Payments under the Dust Diseases Act include:

  • a lump sum
  • weekly payments for a dependent spouse and each dependent child
  • reasonable funeral expenses.

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