3.4.5 Direct payees


3.4.5.1 Determine a direct payee | 3.4.5.2 Ceased employers | 3.4.5.3 Compliant active employers | 3.4.5.4 Refer non-compliant employers to WorkSafe | 3.4.5.5 Taxation of direct payees


Employers are responsible for paying workers their weekly payment entitlement.

There are circumstances, however, in which a worker can become a direct payee of an Agent.


Workers may become direct payees when they have:

  • ceased employers
  • active employers (in exceptional circumstances)
  • non complying employers
  • provided their agreement to become a direct payee.

Agents must assess each application on its merits.

See: Ceased employers | Compliant active employers | Determine a direct payee

3.4.5.1 Determine a direct payee

A worker or employer can apply to an Agent for the worker to become a direct payee and the Agent will determine the request based on the specific criteria below.

When an employer submits a request for the worker to become a direct payee, the employer must seek the worker's agreement to become a direct payee before the employer submits the request to the Agent.

Alternatively, an Agent may determine to make a worker a direct payee based on the specific criteria below without any specific request being made from an employer or a worker. In this case, the Agent should also seek to consult with the worker, and if possible the employer, before making a determination.

In making any determination whether to make a worker a direct payee, the Agent should consider any preferences expressed by the worker and/or the employer, but is not bound to follow them in making the determination.

Non-compliant active employers

A non-compliant active employer is an employer who fails to make weekly payments within the legislative timeframes. When an Agent becomes aware of a non-compliant active employer (ie via a complaint) they follow the steps below.

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