3.3.1 Count weekly payments | 3.3.2 First entitlement period | 3.3.3 Second entitlement period | 3.3.4 Review of entitlement at the end of the second entitlement period | 3.3.5 After the second entitlement period | 3.3.6 Weekly payment rates
There are three entitlement periods for claims for weekly payments:
|Entitlement period||Claims received by the Agent before
1 January 2005
|Claims received by the Agent on or after
1 January 2005
|First entitlement period||Weeks 0-13||Weeks 0-13|
|Second entitlement period||Weeks 14-104||Weeks 14-130|
|After second entitlement period||Weeks 105 +||Weeks 131 +|
Calculate the entitlement period
To calculate the entitlement period, a 'week' means a week in which any amount of compensation in the form of weekly payments or weekly payments of pension or superannuation contributions is paid or payable. It may be for all or part of that week.
First entitlement period
The first entitlement period is the first aggregate period of 13 weeks for which weekly payments are paid or payable.
The 13 weeks do not have to be consecutive.
Second entitlement period
The length of the second entitlement period depends on when the claim for weekly payments was received by the Agent.
If the claim for weekly payments was received by the Agent:
- before 1 January 2005 the second entitlement period is a maximum of 91 weeks
- on or after 1 January 2005 the second entitlement period is a maximum of 117 weeks.
The weeks in the second entitlement period:
- exclude the first entitlement period
- are an aggregate period for which weekly payments is actually paid or payable
- do not have to be consecutive.
After second entitlement period
A worker is not entitled to weekly payments after the second entitlement period unless one of the following applies:
- no current work capacity Under the legislation, unless inconsistent with the context or subject-matter — current work capacity, in relation to a worker, means a present inability arising from an injury such that the worker is not able to return to his or her pre-injury employment but is able to return to work in suitable employment, declared training program indefinitely (NCI No Capacity Indefinitely)
- returned to work (has a CWC Current Work Capacity and has a CWE Current Weekly Earnings) subject to strict criteria
- returned to work (has a CWC) subject to strict criteria and requires time off work to have surgery for their work-related An injury/disease is work related if it arose out of or in the course of employment and the scope of employment. injury.
A worker's legal ability to work in Australia (i.e. VISA/convictions) has no relevance when applying the capacity test at 130 weeks.
A worker may apply to receive weekly payments after the second entitlement period.