Under the NSW workers compensation scheme, the insurer may provide support payments if a worker’s death was the result of a work related accident.
If the insurer accepts liability for the accident, dependants of the worker may be entitled to:A lump sum death benefitump sum death benefit.
- A lump sum death benefit
- Payments for each dependent child.
- Funeral expenses.
1) Lump Sum Death Benefit
The dependants of a worker, whose death occurred on or after 24 October 2007, may be entitled to a lump sum payment. The current amount for a lump sum payment is $810,050.00 (indexed every April and October).The lump sum payment is apportioned between all the dependents of the worker.
2) Payments for Dependent Children
Each of the worker’s dependent children up to the age of 16 (or 21 if they are in full-time education) may be entitled to payments of $145.00 per week.A dependent child can be a worker’s child or step child who was wholly or partially dependent on them for support at the time of the worker’s death.
3) Funeral Expenses
The cost of reasonable funeral expenses may be payable to a maximum of $15,000.00.