Firewood and alternative means of heating/cooling, such as split systems or air conditioning units and associated running costs are not approved or funded under the scheme.
Consideration can only be made if all of the following eligibility criteria are met:
where the worker has no other means of heating the living areas of the home (kitchen, lounge, utilised bedroom), and
the residential home of the worker is not connected to mains gas, and
the residential home of the worker is not connected to electricity supply.
If the worker has relocated to this home since the time of the work related injury or illness, justification for moving to this property may be considered.
If eligible as per above criteria, firewood can be provided once a year for a maximum of three years. Maximum approval per year may not exceed $2,300.
Note: room temperature control equipment (not including firewood) is still funded under the equipment and related services policy for workers with a spinal cord lesion (T6 or higher) or other exceptional medical circumstances resulting in a medically diagnosed, permanent inability to regulate their own body temperature.