2.2.1 Worker completes claim form

Where to get forms

Workers can access a WorkSafe approved Worker's Injury Claim Form from via:

  • WorkSafe website by
    • Logging in to myWorkSafe and clicking the 'Start new claim' link to access the claim form online

    • accessing the editable PDF version

  • their employer
  • the local post office
  • any Agent
  • calling WorkSafe on 1800 136 089.
Completing the Claim Form

If using a paper/PDF form, the worker must complete all of the questions in Part A of the claim form, except question 7 which is to be completed by the employer. There are no questions that the worker needs to complete on Part B of the form – Part B is for the employer to complete.

If using myWorkSafe to complete the claim form, the worker must complete all of the questions prompted on the form. The worker will only be presented with relevant questions, and questions for the employer will be presented to the employer after the worker has submitted the form.

Signing the Claim Form

If using the PDF or paper claim form, the worker must sign the Authority to Release Medical Information and Declaration in the claim form for it to be considered valid.

If using the claim form on myWorkSafe, the form is considered electronically signed on submission.

Types of signatures which are considered valid:

Method of signature Claim lodged on employer Claim lodged directly on Agent
Wet ink’ signature


Digital image of worker signature (i.e. photo or scan of signature)


Typed name or typed signature


unless employer has indicated they do not know who the claimant is – in this case, treat as direct lodgement on Agent for the purposes of identity verification (see right).

Requires further verification of worker identity for claim to be valid:

  • the Agent needs to seek, or be in receipt of:

    • a valid medical certificate in the worker’s name,

    • an invoice for medical services in the worker’s name

    • a pay slip; or

  • the Agent needs to sight:

    • a copy of the worker’s current driver’s licence, passport, Medicare card or similar *

    • these identification documents should not be kept on file – it should be noted on file that they have been sighted, and the documents should be deleted/destroyed

Agents should make an appropriate file note where a typed signature has been used on a claim form, confirming which documents have been sighted verifying the worker’s identity.

Note: where claim lodged directly on Agent via a worker legal representative, the Agent can accept a typed signature without further verification.

Unsigned claim form, emailed with email signature Invalid Invalid
*Agent received date

Where identity documents are required to verify the workers identity, the Agent received date (ARD Agent received date) of the claim form is the date on which the signature can be verified, being the latter of:

  • the date of receipt of the claim form with a typed signature

  • the date of receipt of the identity document/s verifying the worker’s identity

A claim lodged directly by a worker, with a typed signature and unaccompanied by a medical certificate The first medical certificate is for a maximum of 14 days and can only be issued by a registered medical practitioner., invoice or payslip is considered an invalid claim, and the invalid claims process should be followed.

See: Invalid claims

Note: Where a worker signs the form electronically, the treating health practitioner (THP Treating Health Practitioner) may not accept the worker’s digital signature as valid. This may cause a delay in the Agent or self-insurer obtaining medical information from the THP. If this occurs, the Agent or self-insurer should take steps to liaise with the THP and worker to obtain a form of signature that will be acceptable to the THP; for example, ask the worker to provide a signed authority in the THP’s preferred form.

See: Valid claims

Assistance to complete a claim form

WorkSafe Advisory Service (WAS) or the Agent can assist the worker to access and partially complete a paper or PDF Worker’s Injury Claim Form.

If the worker requests or needs assistance the following limited set of fields can be completed:

  • worker’s full name
  • worker’s date of birth
  • worker’s full address
  • worker’s day time contact telephone number
  • employer’s contact name
  • employer’s business name
  • employer’s business address.

The partially completed copy of the claim form is then sent to the worker requesting him/her to:

  • verify the information entered
  • provide any outstanding information
  • sign and give or serve the claim form on their employer.

Note: Assisting a worker to complete a claim form does not constitute the lodgement of a claim. The worker must still serve the valid claim form on their employer or lodge the claim form directly on WorkSafe or the employer’s Agent if direct lodgement criteria apply. The WAS will also inform the worker that WorkSafe will not keep or save a copy of the partially completed claim form and no record of the call will be maintained.

Medically unable to sign the claim form

If a worker is medically unable to sign the Authority to Release Medical Information and Declaration in the claim form (e.g. serious incident leaves worker unconscious or in an induced coma or a worker sustains severe burns to both hands), a Team Manager equivalent (or above) at the Agent or self-insurer can authorise that an unsigned paper or PDF claim form can be lodged.

Alternatively, the following people may sign on the worker’s behalf:

  • next of kin
  • employer representative
  • legally appointed guardian.

Agents and self-insurers must take measures to ensure worker entitlements, if the claim is accepted, are paid to the worker and not to those who have signed the claim form.

As soon as the worker is able to sign the claim form, the previously completed claim form must be returned to the worker requesting their signature.

See: Responding to serious incidents

Worker lodges claim

Workers can serve the claim form on their employer.

Workers can also lodge a claim directly on the Agent or WorkSafe if direct lodgement applies. Direct lodgement only applies where a worker becomes aware that an employer:

  • has not and is unlikely to forward the claim to the Agent in the time required
  • is refusing to receive the claim
  • cannot be identified after the worker has taken reasonable steps to identify the relevant employer
  • cannot be found after the worker has taken reasonable steps to find the employer, or
  • is dead or is under external administration or has ceased to exist.

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2.2.2 Approved forms

The only forms approved by WorkSafe are:

Form Act

Worker’s Injury Claim Form

This form is completed by a worker to make a claim for compensation in the form of weekly payments and /or medical and like expenses.


Please note that any old versions of the worker claim form should not be used from 1 July 2021.

myWorkSafe Worker’s Injury Claim Form

This form is completed by a worker using myWorkSafe to make a claim for compensation in the form of weekly payments and /or medical and like expenses.

Between 30 May 2022 and 31 August 2023 this form was only available to workers employed by:

  • employers participating in the MyWorkSafe Portal Online Claims Test and Learn phase, and

  • Self-insurers who have been approved by WorkSafe to use this form.

From September 2023 this form is available to all workers who choose to submit a claim form on myWorkSafe.

Worker’s Claim for Impairment Benefits Form

This form is completed by a worker to make a claim for compensation for non-economic loss.

Claim for Compensation for Permanent Disability Form

This form is completed by a worker to make a claim for compensation for maims and/or pain and suffering.

Claim for Compensation Following a Work-related Death Form

This form is completed by a dependant or another person to make a:

  • dependants claim for compensation (lump sum and/or pension)
  • claim for burial/cremation and medical and like expenses
  • claim for reimbursement of expenses incurred by non-dependent family member

Employer Injury Claim Report to accompany the:

  • Worker’s Injury Claim Form
  • Dependant’s Claim for Compensation Form.

Certificate of Capacity (to accompany the Worker’s Claim Form if the claim is for weekly payments)


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2.2.3 Valid claims

For a claim for compensation to be valid it must:

  • be in an approved form in respect of that type or class of claim
  • have an authority to release medical information signed by the worker (except for claims relating to the death of a worker)
  • be given to or served on the employer (unless direct lodgement conditions apply) and
  • be signed by the worker (see: 2.2.1 Worker completes claim form

See: Approved forms

A minimum amount of information is necessary to constitute a valid claim. This should be provided on the Worker’s Injury Claim Form or obtained by WorkSafe Agent via contact with the worker and/or employer to:

  • verify the identity of the worker
  • identify the employer and
  • confirm the incident/injury.

A claim for compensation may be considered to contain a material defect Material defects, omissions or irregularities can affect the decision to accept or reject a claim., omission or irregularity only where the minimum information cannot be obtained as outlined.

Claim for compensation in the form of weekly payments

A claim for compensation in the form of weekly payments must:

  • state the date on which the worker ceased work because of the injury or
  • be accompanied by a medical certificate or
  • be supplemented at a later date by a medical certificate.

Medical certificate

To be valid, a medical certificate must:

  • be issued by a medical practitioner

  • be signed*

  • be in a form approved by WorkSafe

  • specify the diagnosis (the nature of injury or disease) that is related to the claimed injury and bodily location

  • for mental injuries sustained on or after 31 March 2024, the diagnosis must be in accordance with the latest version of the DSM and specify that the worker has significant behavioural, cognitive, or psychological dysfunction

  • certify the worker’s capacity for work during the period of the certificate

  • specify the expected duration of the worker’s incapacity

  • not exceed 14 days unless special reasons exist. See: Extended certificates

  • not contain a material defect, omission or irregularity

*For the purposes of a certificate of capacity Ongoing certificate is issued for up to 28 days and can be issued by a: medical practitioner, osteopath, physiotherapist, chiropractor., electronic signatures (including a typed name) can be accepted by Agents.

Medical certificate received after claim lodged

Where a claim for compensation in the form of weekly payments was not accompanied by a medical certificate, compensation in the form of weekly payments is not payable unless and until a medical certificate has been given to or served on the employer or lodged with WorkSafe.

If a worker’s Claim Form and a valid medical certificate are not given to or served on the employer on the same day, the claim for weekly payments is considered to have been lodged, however the 28 day ‘deeming’ provisions do not start until the Agent has received the valid medical certificate.

Note: Although the deeming clock has not started it is expected that the Agent will determine liability on the claim within 28 days of receiving the valid claim for weekly payments.

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