What is a work capacity decision?

A work capacity decision is a decision made by the insurer about the following matters:-

  • A workers current capacity for work.
  • What suitable employment can a worker undertake.
  • What amount is an injured worker able to earn in suitable employment.
  • What is the amount of the workers pre injury weekly earnings.
  • Any decision which effects the workers entitlement to weekly payments of compensation.

A work capacity decision can be made at any point throughout the life of the claim but is usually undertaken shortly before the worker has received 130 weeks of weekly compensation.

The work capacity decision will determine whether any weekly payments of compensation are payable under the Act and if so, the amount of compensation that is payable.