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Table 1 Some features of the included Australian workers’ compensation schemes

From: Injured worker experiences of insurance claim processes and return to work: a national, cross-sectional study

Jurisdiction Funding Case Management Maximum benefit duration Responsible for RTW plan % expenditure direct to worker % benefit payments that are lump sum Disputation rate
Queensland Centrally funded Single Public Insurer 104 weeks; 104–260 weeks (> 15% PI) Insurer 64.4% 63% 3.3%
Tasmania Privately Underwritten Multiple private insurers 9 years (< 15% WPI); 12 years (15–20% WPI); 15 years (20–30% WPI) Injury management co-ordinator 56.1% 60% 12.3%
Western Australia Privately Underwritten Multiple private insurers Retirement age Employer 54.9% 43% 3.8%
Seacare Centrally funded Regulator Retirement age Employer 66.6% 39% 31.3%
New South Wales Centrally funded Multiple private insurers 130 weeks (work capacity); 260 weeks (no work capacity) Employer 47.2% 38% 4.6%
South Australia Centrally funded Multiple private insurers 104 weeks (most workers); Retirement Age (> 30% WPI) Insurer 57.3% 57% 7.9%
Comcare Centrally funded Regulator Retirement age Employer 53.1% 9% 6.4%
Northern Territory Privately Underwritten Multiple private insurers 104 weeks (work capacity + suitable employment);
260 weeks (work capacity + no suitable employment);
Retirement age (> 15% WPI)
Employer 62.8% 48% 8.1%
Victoria Centrally funded Multiple private insurers 130 weeks (most workers); Retirement Age (no work capacity) Employer 52.9% 46% 11.6%
  1. Note: Data shown are for the 2015/16 financial year; WPI Whole Person Impairment, PI Permanent Impairment