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Statutory rates for compensation

For: Claimants Advocates

Statutory rates are set by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).

They indicate the maximum amount of compensation which can be paid for specific benefits under the SRC Act and are reviewed and updated as appropriate.

Claim managers are unable to pay above the prescribed statutory amount.


Statutory rates payable for benefits

Table 1: Statutory rates payable for benefits from 1 July 2020
Subsection of SRC ActNature of benefit1 July 2020Indexation factor
Statutory amounts indexed according to section 13A of the SRC Act

17(3)

Death lump sum – persons wholly dependent

$575,364.35

WPI – 1.022

17(4)

Death lump sum – persons partly dependent

Up to $575,364.35

17(5)

Death – dependent child (per week)

$158.23

Statutory amounts indexed according to section 13 of the SRC Act

18(4)(a)

Funeral benefits

Up to $12,491.46

CPI – 1.018

19(7)

Incapacity – employee (per week)

$495.37

19(8)

Incapacity – prescribed person (per week)

$122.67

19(9)

Incapacity – dependent child (per week)

$61.29

24(9)

Lump sum permanent impairment

Up to $196,186.69

27(2)

Non-economic loss, component 'A'

Up to $36,785.03

27(2)

Non-economic loss, component 'B'

Up to $36,785.03

29(1)

Household services [1]

Up to $490.44

29(3)

Attendant care service (per week) [1]

Up to $490.44

30(1)

Redemption – eligibility ceiling (per week)

$122.67

137(1)

Redemption – eligibility ceiling (per week)

$122.67

[1] Statutory amounts payable for household services and attendant care services do not apply to catastrophic injuries. Definitions are included in section 4(1) of the SRC Act.

Indexation

  • Defined compensation benefits are indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
  • Death compensation entitlements are indexed annually to the Wage Price Index (WPI).

See section 13 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) for indexation information.

Previous statutory benefits rates

Contact us if you would like rates for earlier periods.

See Your recovery and support for eligibility information and how to make a claim for benefits.

Specified rate per kilometre

Table 2: The specified rate per kilometre, the date of effect and the notice
DateRateNotice

24/09/2019

68 c/km

F2019L01251

01/07/2008

60 c/km

Jurisdictional Policy Advice No 2008/06

01/10/2003

47 c/km

No 18 of 2003 Gazette, GN 39, 1/10/03, p 2884

01/07/2002

42 c/km

Jurisdictional Policy Advice No 2002/01

01/07/2001

42 c/km

No 2 of 2001 Gazette, GN 26, 4/7/01, p 1817

07/12/2000

34 c/km

No 1 of 2001 Gazette, GN 9, 7/3/01, p 623

08/11/2000

34 c/km

No 3 of 2000 Gazette, GN 44, 8/11/00, p 3079

29/05/1995

30 c/km

No K1 of 1995 Gazette, S 119, 30/5/95

24/12/1992

16 c/km

No K1 of 1995 Gazette, S 119, 30/5/95

01/07/1992

12 c/km

N/A

01/07/1991

15 c/km

N/A

01/07/1990

12 c/km

N/A

01/07/1989

12 c/km

N/A

01/12/1988

12 c/km

N/A

The specified rate per kilometre is set by legislative instrument under section 16(6) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).

See Travel costs for eligibility information and how to make a claim for travel for medical treatment by private motor vehicle.

Maximum amount of compensation

Table 3: The twice-a-year (biannual) 150 per cent AWOTEFA amount and the date of effect
Date of effectAmount
13/08/2020

$2570.85

20/02/2020

$2488.05

15/08/2019

$2450.70

21/02/2019

$2407.35

16/08/2018

$2379.30

22/02/2018

$2351.85

17/08/2017

$2315.70

23/02/2017

$2299.65

18/08/2016

$2274.00

25/02/2016

$2248.95

13/08/2015

$2226.75

26/02/2015

$2214.45

14/08/2014

$2180.85

20/02/2014

$2156.55

15/08/2013

$2134.05

21/02/2013

$2089.50

16/08/2012

$2029.05

17/05/2012

$2017.80

23/02/2012

$2000.10

17/11/2011

$1983.90

18/08/2011

$1958.10

19/05/2011

$1932.15

24/02/2011

$1908.75

18/11/2010

$1889.10

19/08/2010

$1884.45

20/05/2010

$1864.65

25/02/2010

$1834.95

19/11/2009

$1802.85

13/08/2009

$1796.25

21/05/2009

$1774.65

26/02/2009

$1747.35

13/11/2008

$1717.65

14/08/2008

$1698.30

15/05/2008

$1684.95

21/02/2008

$1669.05

15/11/2007

$1655.40

16/08/2007

$1632.60

17/05/2007

$1605.60

22/02/2007

$1588.35

16/11/2006

$1576.95

17/08/2006

$1564.50

18/05/2006

$1553.85

02/03/2006

$1544.25

17/11/2005

$1533.90

18/08/2005

$1512.15

19/05/2005

$1486.80

24/02/2005

$1457.80

18/11/2004

$1440.00

19/08/2004

$1428.75

20/05/2004

$1422.00

26/02/2004

$1409.40

13/11/2003

$1397.10

14/08/2003

$1381.50

22/05/2003

$1350.60

20/02/2003

$1334.40

14/11/2002

$1318.20

15/08/2003

$1300.20

16/05/2002

$1290.75

21/02/2002

$1273.05

15/11/2001

$1257.75

16/08/2001

$1236.15

17/05/2001

$1215.90

01/03/2001

$1203.75

16/11/2000

$1197.15

17/08/2000

$1173.90

18/05/2000

$1162.50

02/03/2000

$1144.80

An upper limit on weekly incapacity compensation payments after the first 45 weeks of incapacity is set under section 19(5) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).

This limit is set at 150 per cent of the 'Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings of Full-time Adults' (AWOTEFA) – an amount published by the Australian Statistician.

See Income support for eligibility information and how to make a claim for compensation payments.

Changes to the superannuation amount

Table 4: The twice-a-year (biannual) indexation percentage and the date of effect
Date of effectPercentage increase

19/06/2020

1.0%

20/12/2019

1.1%

21/06/2019

0.5%

03/01/2019

0.8%

05/07/2018

1.1%

22/12/2017

0.8%

23/06/2017

1.0%

23/12/2016

1.1%

24/06/2016

0.2%

07/01/2016

1.1%

26/06/2015

0.4%

26/12/2014

0.9%

27/06/2014

1.3%

27/12/2013

1.6%

28/06/2013

0.6%

28/12/2012

1.9%

29/06/2012

0.1%

30/12/2011

1.5%

01/07/2011

2.0%

31/12/2010

1.3%

18/06/2010

1.4%

01/01/2010

1.3%

18/06/2009

0%

18/12/2008

2.7%

20/06/2008

2.3%

20/12/2007

1.9%

21/12/2006

2.5%

22/06/2006

1.4%

22/12/2005

1.6%

24/06/2005

1.4%

23/12/2004

0.9%

25/06/2004

1.4%

25/12/2003

0.6%

27/06/2003

2.0%

27/12/2002

1.4%

28/06/2002

1.8%

28/12/2001

1.1%

The government portion of superannuation pensions paid under the Commonwealth superannuation schemes are indexed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation reviews the employer-financed portion of the Commonwealth superannuation scheme pensions twice a year in line with movements in the CPI. The CPI adjustment is then applied to superannuation pensions in January and July.

See section 20(3) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) for more information.

Specified rate of weekly interest on lump sum superannuation amounts

Table 5: The annual interest rate, its date of effect and the notice
Date of effectRateNotice

01/07/2020

1.21%

F2020L00787

01/07/2019

2.52%

F2019L00920

01/07/2018

2.64%

F2018L00803

01/07/2017

2.37%

F2017L00698

01/07/2016

2.72%

F2016L01104

01/07/2015 - 30/06/2016

3.26%

-/2015 - F2015L00855

01/07/2014 - 30/06/2015

3.86%

-/2014 - F2014L00680

01/07/2013 - 30/06/2014

3.24%

1/2013 - F2013L01258

01/07/2012 - 30/06/2013

4.48%

1/2012 - F2012L01263

01/07/2011 - 30/06/2012

5.35%

1/2011 - F2011L01282

01/07/2010 - 30/06/2011

5.38%

1/2010 - F2010L01739

01/07/2009 - 30/06/2010

5.35%

-/2009 - F2009L02161

01/07/2008 - 30/06/2009

6.08%

2/2008 - F2008L02336

01/07/2007 - 30/06/2008

5.72%

2/2007 - F2007L01142

27/04/2007 - 30/06/2007

5.72%

1/2007 - F2007L01141

A specified rate on superannuation lump sums applies to the calculation of weekly incapacity compensation.

The annual interest rate is by legislative instrument and applies for 12 months. It comes into effect on 1 July in any year.

See section 21(5) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) for more information.

Indexation increase rates for normal weekly earnings

Table 6: The annual indexation percentage and the date of effect
Date of effectIndexation percentage

01/07/2020

2.3%

01/07/2019

2.3%

01/07/2018

2.1%

01/07/2017

2.0%

01/07/2016

2.1%

01/07/2015

2.6%

01/07/2014

2.6%

01/07/2013

3.5%

01/07/2012

3.7%

01/07/2011

3.8%

01/07/2010

2.9%

01/07/2009

4.2%

01/07/2008

4.2%

01/07/2007

4.0%

01/07/2006

4.2%

01/07/2005

3.5%

01/07/2004

3.7%

01/07/2003

3.4%

01/07/2002

3.4%

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) provides for an increase to normal weekly earnings for current and ex-employees of an Australian Government agency or statutory authority, or a self-insured licensee, where there has been no increase in the year ending 30 June each year.

The movement in the Wage Price Index (WPI) published by the Australian Statistician is used to set the percentage increase applied to the normal weekly earnings.

See section 8(9B) and 8(9E) of the SRC Act for more information.

Page last reviewed: 05 December 2019
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Date printed 01 Oct 2020

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