Benefits for workers

We provide you with financial benefits if you have contracted a work-related dust disease in NSW.

This is to help compensate you for loss of income resulting from your exposure.

Your benefit is payable for the rest of your life, even after you pass retirement age.

Visit making a claim for information on the application process.

What you'll receive

If you stopped work because of your dust disease, you will be paid what you were earning before you stopped work, for the first 26 weeks (subject to maximum income limits).

After that, you will be paid either the maximum benefit or a proportion of that.

The maximum weekly benefit is $480.50 per week. This benefit is payable if:

  • you are assessed as being 100% disabled because of a compensable dust disease, and
  • your exposure that caused the disease happened entirely while you were employed in NSW.

The maximum weekly benefit is proportionally reduced if:

  • you are assessed as being less than 100% disabled because of a compensable dust disease
  • your exposure that caused your disease did not occur wholly within NSW
  • you are receiving workers compensation payments for your dust disease from someone else.

A full breakdown of the current benefit rates is available from the Workers compensation benefits guide issued by SIRA.

What you get each week depends on many factors so we encourage you to call us to talk about your situation.

Compensation for your dependants

You may be entitled to receive allowances for your dependants.

Dependants are:

  • spouses
  • children aged up to 16 years
  • full time students aged up to 21 years.

Payments

You could receive up to:

  • $126.70 a week for a dependent spouse
  • $90.50 a week for one dependent child
  • $202.40 a week for two dependent children
  • $335.30 a week for three dependent children
  • $471.70 a week four dependent children
  • $136.10 a week for every additional dependent child after that

Funeral benefits

We pay up to $9000 to go towards paying for the funeral of the worker receiving financial benefits from us. For more information go to our funeral benefits section.

Will DDC compensation affect other benefits?

If you are already receiving government benefits (like a pension from Centrelink or from the Dept of Veterans Affairs), you may find those benefits are reduced when you begin receiving weekly benefits from us. This is because our benefits might be assessed by them as 'income'.

You must tell Centrelink or the DVA if you receive a payment from us.

We recommend that you contact the Centrelink Compensation Recovery Team on 1800 777 653 or the Department of Veterans' Affairs on 133 254 to discuss your individual circumstances.

Further information

Indexation of benefits

Compensation payments are automatically adjusted twice a year on 1 April and 1 October. We will inform you whenever an adjustment is made to your payment.

Taxation of benefits

Your payments from us are defined as income by the Australian Taxation Office and you must declare these payments in your income tax return. We will issue you with a Payment Summary at the end of each financial year showing the amount of compensation payments made to you and any tax deducted.

Legislation

The amount of the benefit paid by us is set out by law under the Workers Compensation Act 1987, and the Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942.