Employees who are injured in a work related incident may apply for workers’ compensation.
Pending the claim decision from WorkCover Queensland, an employee can apply to use their paid sick leave entitlement. Once sick leave full pay has been fully exhausted, the employee can apply to use paid leave 'in-lieu' of sick leave (i.e. excess annual leave, recreation leave, long service leave).
If WorkCover Queensland accept the claim, the employee’s leave entitlements are reimbursed to their leave balances. WorkCover Queensland will calculate a wage rate for accepted claims, which may be different from the wage rate the department was paying prior to injury. Differences in wage rates are considered to determine if the Department continues to pay wages or requests WorkCover Queensland to pay wages directly to an employee.
If the workers’ compensation claim is denied by WorkCover Queensland and the employee is medically unable to work, employees can apply for further paid sick leave or paid leave 'in-lieu' of sick leave.
Another option that may be available for injured employees who have a denied claim with WorkCover Queensland is an income protection benefits claim through an employee’s superannuation fund.