Average weekly earnings (AWE) figures for 2015

Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) 2015       $1,417.20

Annual Equivalent of AWE                            $73,694.40

Average weekly earnings (AWE) means the Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings for the Northern Territory last published by the Australian Statistician before 1 January before the date in respect of which they are required under the Return to Work Act 1986 (the Act) to be assessed. The change to average weekly earnings from 1 January each year has an effect on the following sections of the Act.

Section 65(1) – Maximum Weekly Benefit

The maximum amount after 26 weeks (150% of AWE) = $2,125.80

Section 65(2)(a) and 3 Long Term Incapacity – Indexing

Persons in receipt of long term benefits have their entitlement adjusted on 1 January each year. The multiplying factors are:

Claim Date

AWE at Claim Date

Multiplying Factor *

2004

$905.80

1.5646

2005

$966.40

1.4665

2006

$1039.00

1.3640

2007

$1033.80

1.3709

2008

$1058.40

1.3390

2009

$1111.80

1.2747

2010

$1153.50

1.2286

2011

$1245.30

1.1380

2012

$1341.20

1.0567

2013

$1408.60

1.0061

2014

$1449.30

0.9779

* Multiply the workers Normal Weekly Earnings at time of accident by the corresponding multiplying factor.

Section 65(12) – Minimum Long Term Benefit

The basis for calculating the minimum long term benefit is as follows:

Worker $708.60 (50% of AWE)

Dependent Spouse $177.15 (12.5% of AWE)

Prescribed child $88.58 (6.25% of AWE)

Section 62 and Regulation 6 - Benefits Payable on Death

Funeral $7,369.44 (10% of annual equivalent of AWE)

Death Benefit $368,472.00 (260 times AWE)

Section 63 - Dependant Children's Benefit

Weekly payment per child is $141.72 (10% of AWE - maximum 10 children)

Section 71 - Permanent Impairment

For injuries and diseases prior to 15 October 1991 $147,388.80 (104 times AWE)

For injuries and diseases after 15 October 1991 $294,777.60 (208 times AWE)

Section 3 (10) - Workers Definition

Earnings threshold for determination of a worker is $47,901.36 (65% of annual equivalent of AWE)

(Persons involved in sporting activities that are paid at a rate of 65% of the annual equivalent of average   weekly earnings, or more, are deemed to be workers).

Claimant kilometre allowance for use of own vehicle

The recommended rate is 38.5 cents per kilometre

Contact us

For further information please contact us on 1800 250 713, via email at datantworksafe@nt.gov.au or go to the NT WorkSafe website at www.worksafe.nt.gov.au