Under the workers compensation scheme, injured workers are entitled to claim domestic assistance for chores and tasks they are unable to perform around the house due to their injuries
To claim domestic assistance under the scheme, you need to be to show
- That domestic assistance is reasonably necessary because of the injury
- That a medical practitioner can provide evidence or certify that it is reasonably necessary for the assistance to be provided
- The assistance would not be provided to the worker but for the injury
There are two (2) ways to qualify for domestic assistance
- An injured worker can make a claim for “temporary assistance” which entitles them to not more than six (6) hours per week; and
- For a single period that is not longer than three (3) months or multiple periods which together are not longer than three (3) months; and
- The need for domestic assistance is relevant to the injury management plan.
- An injured worker who has been assessed with a degree of permanent impairment of at least 15% Whole Person Impairment is also entitled to ongoing domestic assistance payable by the Insurer, where reasonable and you are entitled to domestic assistance for as long as it is reasonably necessary. For those assessed below 15%, the entitlement for domestic assistance is for a maximum period of three (3) months and for no more than six (6) hours per week in that three (3) month period.
If you are struggling at home or with your family chores and responsibilities, it is a good idea to speak to your IRO accredited lawyer and your medical treatment team to discuss possible options in respect of assistance under the scheme.
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