When and how can you make a claim?
You can make a claim for workers' compensation if you are injured:
- in the course of your work, and
- you are defined by law as a worker. This includes full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, piece and commission workers.
Other workers, such as contractors and sub-contractors, may be covered depending on their working arrangements. You should get legal advice if you are not sure if you are a worker.
The WorkCover WA website has more information on how to make a claim and what happens after your claim is lodged.
Is there a time limit to make a claim for workers' compensation?
You must make a claim for compensation as soon as practicable within 12 months of being injured or discovering the disease. If you are outside the time limit, you should get legal advice straight away.
What if you think your injury was caused by your employer's negligence?
If you think your injury or illness was a result of your employer's negligence, it is possible that you may have a common law claim. This means your claim will be dealt with through the courts, rather than through WorkCover WA.
Different time limits will apply to start a court case, depending on when your cause of action arose.
This area of law is complicated. You should get legal advice at the earliest opportunity.
Advice and Assistance helpline - 1300 794 744 between 8.30am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday
Speak to an Advisory Officer, to get guidance and assistance about your rights and obligations under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.
- Workers' Compensation and Injury Management: A Guide for Workers has information about workers' compensation and the process for workers to make claims.
- A Technical Note on Contractors and Workers' Compensation under the heading contractors and sub-contractors has information to clarify liability and legal obligations in relation to contractors and sub-contractors.
- Call the Contact Centre, Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 5 pm AEST, on 1300 366 979 or (02) 6276 0333
Reviewed: 23 January 2024