Support payments and funeral expenses

We may pay funeral expenses and other support payments if the worker has died as a result of a workplace incident.

Death benefits and funeral expenses

After 24 October 2007

Dependants, or where there are no dependants, the estate, of a worker who dies on or after 24 October 2007 as a result of a workplace injury that occurred on or after 30 June 1987, are entitled to:

  • a lump sum
  • weekly payments for each dependant child
  • reasonable funeral expenses

Before 24 October 2007

Dependants of a worker who died before 24 October 2007, as a result of a workplace injury that occurred on or after 30 June 1987, are entitled to:

  • the lump sum payment applicable at the date of death
  • weekly payments to children who were financially dependent on the worker
  • reasonable funeral expenses.

Before 30 June 1987

Death benefits payable for a worker who died as a result of injuries that occurred before 30 June 1987 include:

  • a lump sum
  • weekly payments for each dependant child.

Lump sum payments

Death benefits, except funeral expenses, are indexed on 1 April and 1 October each year.  The lump sum benefit payable is the amount that is applicable at the date of the worker's death.

Further information

What funeral expenses we pay for

Funeral expenses are limited to a maximum amount of $9,000 and can include the:

  • funeral director's professional fees
  • cost of the funeral service (including cremation or burial)
  • coffin
  • mourning car
  • cemetery site
  • flowers
  • newspaper notice
  • death certificate

Dependant children 

A dependant child can be a child or step child of a worker who was wholly or partially dependent for support on on them at the time of the worker's death. A dependant child may be entitled to weekly payments of support until they reach the age of 16 or, if they remain a student, until the age of 21.  

Payments under the Workers Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942

Payments under the Dust Diseases Act include:

  • a lump sum
  • weekly payments for a dependant spouse and each dependant child
  • reasonable funeral expenses.