The Agent can pay for the following items in certain circumstances.
Clothing is not generally considered to be a compensable component of a WorkSafe claim.
If exceptional circumstances apply, some items of clothing may be compensable - for example, burns victims may need to wear light, cotton clothing.
It is not the responsibility of WorkSafe to supply regular footwear to workers. Footwear is not generally considered to be a compensable component of a WorkSafe claim.
If exceptional circumstances apply, footwear may be compensable where either:
- normal manufactured shoes are required to be modified because of the injury or
- specifically made shoes are required due to a foot injury.
Where a worker requires a specific type of boot or shoe to accommodate an orthosis, for example, foot drop or shortening of the leg due to injury. Orthotic appliances can be supplied to workers whose injuries indicate this.
If orthotic footwear is to be supplied, the worker should forward documentation supporting the need for an orthotic device, including special footwear, from the treating medical practitioner or therapist (podiatrist).
Provision and replacement of orthotic devices and special footwear are approved on the recommendation of the treating medical practitioner.
Some items of furniture that are commonly requested are orthopaedic base and mattress sets, mattresses, support armchairs and electronically operated armchairs.
WorkSafe will consider paying for such items or modifications to existing items, as a direct consequence of the worker’s compensable injury, to offset the effects of the injury.
In exceptional circumstances WorkSafe will only consider funding a contribution towards the purchase costs of one new mattress when deemed reasonable and appropriate by the Agent. The ongoing replacement of a mattress will be the worker’s responsibility. Contribution towards a new mattress will only be considered for a work-relatedAn injury/disease is work related if it arose out of or in the course of employment and the scope of employment. injury after sufficient time has elapsed to allow the injury or condition to stabilise. WorkSafe will not consider a request for contribution towards a new mattress within six months of the work-related injury or surgery.
In order for the Agent to be able to accurately determine the functional requirements of a new mattress, the mattress request questionnaire should be completed by the worker. This information can also be collected by the Agent over the phone or by email as appropriate.
Capped contribution payments
The capped contribution payment by WorkSafe towards the purchase of a new mattress is listed below. WorkSafe capped contribution payments are based on the recommended retail price for a set of high quality mattresses that have been endorsed by a range of peak health bodies.
Mattress capped contribution payments
Up to $2600 for 100% co-contribution or pro-rata % based on age of existing mattress
Up to $2100 for 100% co-contribution or pro-rata % based on age of existing mattress
Double Up to $1900 for 100% co-contribution or pro-rata % based on age of existing mattress Single
Up to $1600 for 100% co-contribution or pro-rata % based on age of existing mattress
WorkSafe will pay a contribution amount that is the lower of either:
- contribution percentage or
- capped contribution or pro-rata amount for a mattress.
For example: Where the Agent has agreed to contribute 50% towards the cost of a new queen size mattress up to a maximum contribution payment of $1050, the following is applicable.
Scenario 2 Scenario 3 Worker chooses a new mattress costing $2100
Worker chooses a new mattress costing $1000
Worker chooses a new mattress costing $3000
WorkSafe will pay WorkSafe will pay $1050 WorkSafe will pay $500 WorkSafe will pay $1050 Worker will pay Worker will need to pay $1050 Worker will need to pay $500 Worker will need to pay $1950
Please note: The worker has the discretion and should be encouraged to test and trial mattresses first before committing to purchasing any new mattress.
Personal computers and associated equipment will not normally considered a reasonable expense under WorkSafe.
A personal computer may be approved if the worker requires the computer for communication purposes and the worker cannot communicate in the normal way. The types of injuries that this may include are:
- acquired brain injury
- reduced arm function
- upper limb / hand amputation
- brachial plexus palsy.