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Who can claim for workers compensation

Workers compensation is compensation payable to a worker who suffers an injury or disease arising out of or in the course of the worker’s employment.

A worker may be entitled to compensation for:

  • weekly payments while incapacitated for work
  • medical and other expenses
  • rehabilitation expenses
  • permanent impairment.

In some circumstances, a worker may also be able to make a common law damages claim.

Who is a worker

To be entitled to compensation, a person must be a worker.

A worker is someone who works under a contract of service or a training agreement. This includes casual employment. A contract does not have to be a formal, written document; it could be implied and/or a verbal agreement.

For more information about who is included and excluded from the definition of a worker, see Workers Compensation Handbook: The Basics. (PDF, 175.5 KB)

When a worker is entitled to compensation

A worker is entitled to workers compensation if they suffer an injury or disease that:

  • arises out of or in the course of their employment, or
  • their employment has contributed to by a substantial degree.

Excluded injuries

Injuries suffered in the following situations are specifically excluded:

  • any injury that occurs while a worker is travelling between their home and work (unless the injury occurs during a deviation from their normal route that their employer tells, asks or authorises them to make)
  • any injury that occurs during an absence from the workplace that was not authorised, directed or requested by their employer
  • any injury that is caused by a worker’s serious or wilful misconduct (unless the injury results in their death, or serious and permanent incapacity)
  • any injury that was intentionally self-inflicted.


A worker is entitled to compensation for a disease where their work is the major or most significant factor in their disease.

Some injuries and diseases are contracted by a gradual process, or may not become apparent until sometime after initial exposure or contraction.

Industrial deafness

Industrial deafness is the permanent loss of hearing caused by a worker being exposed to industrial noise in their employment.

A worker is entitled to workers compensation for industrial deafness that occurred after 16 August 1995. They must have suffered more than 5% binaural hearing impairment due to industrial deafness since 16 August 1995.


WorkSafe Tasmania resources

Workers Compensation Handbook: The Basics (PDF, 175.5 KB)

A Guide to Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation in Tasmania (PDF, 373.0 KB)

Other resources

Worker Assist Tasmania: Advice for injured workers (external link)

Updated: 19th December 2019