COMPARISON OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION ARRANGEMENTS
BENEFITS
BENEFITS
COMMONWEALTH*
VICTORIA
NEW SOUTH
SOUTH 
WALES
AUSTRALIA
Basis for determining
Normal weekly earnings
Either Pre Injury
Average weekly
Average weekly
weekly benefits
including:  allowances
Average Weekly
earnings during 12
earnings refers to the
payable each week
Earnings (PIAWE)
months preceding
amount the worker
(excluding expenditure
during the 12 months
injury (if the worker
could reasonably
reimbursement or an
preceding injury (if the
was continuously
expect to earn for a
allowance payable in
worker was
employed by the same
week's work if not
respect of special
continuously employed
employer for this
disabled, and includes:
expenses incurred);
by the same employer
period) or; if less than
wages and/or salary;
average of overtime
for this period); or
12 months, average
overtime if regular and
worked on regular basis;
PIAWE for the period
weekly earnings by a
established;
income from job outside
less than 12 months
person in the same
substantially uniform
Commonwealth
preceding the injury for
grade at the same work and continuing; non 
employment if injured in
which the worker has
of same class of
cash entitlement (e.g.
part time Commonwealth been continuously
employment
loss of use of company
employment
employed by the same
Pre Injury Average
vehicle); eligible
Seacare: Normal weekly
employer
Weekly Earnings
allowances paid in
earnings as defined in
PIAWE is calculated at
include: reference to
recognition of a skill
Section 13 of the Act
the worker's ordinary
ordinary weekly rate 
(e.g. First Aid
time rate of pay for the
of pay applicable under
allowance)
worker's normal
industrial law;
number of hours per
overtime; and other
week
amounts payable under
Regular overtime and
common industry or
regular shift allowances other practice
are to be included in the
calculation of a
worker's weekly
compensation rate for
the first 26 weeks
* Unless otherwise
stated, information
provided applies to both
Comcare and Seacare
Heads of Workers' Compensation Authorities  22
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