6.1 Death Claims

6.1.1 When a worker dies | 6.1.2 Make a claim | 6.1.3 Receive a claim | 6.1.4 Entitlements | 6.1.5 Indexation of entitlements

If a worker dies because of a 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 or disease there may be entitlements to compensation or other payments.

Manage sensitivity without delay

WorkSafe is committed to managing death and dependency claims sensitively and without delay. To achieve this, Agents:

WorkSafe guidelines

WorkSafe has developed guidelines to assist in the appropriate management of these claims.

See: Guidelines for Claims for Compensation following the Death of a Worker

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Entitlements can include:

  • provisional payments under the Immediate Support Package for those eligible
  • payment of the reasonable costs of medical and like services provided to the worker
  • payment of the reasonable costs of counselling services to immediate family members
  • payment of the reasonable costs of burial or cremation, including repatriation
  • payment of the reasonable costs for travel and accommodation for immediate family members to attend the burial or cremation service
  • a lump sum payment for dependants
  • a weekly pension for dependent partner/s, child/ren or orphans
  • reimbursement of expenses for non-dependent family members.
WIRC Part 5 Div 8

Panel firm recommendation

The panel firm is responsible for recommending whether a death is work-related.

See: Responsibilities of the panel firm


All disputed liability and/or dependency claims, as well as those claims which include minors, persons under a disability or unrepresented persons, must be determined by the Magistrates’ Court or County Court.


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