Workers' Compensation

The workers' compensation scheme is legislated through the:

The legislation establishes that the Northern Territory has a no fault workers' rehabilitation and compensation scheme. If a worker suffers an injury or disease in the course of employment they may be eligible for entitlements such as:

  • payment of medical and other reasonable expenses
  • weekly payments of income maintenance while away from work
  • rehabilitation services
  • assistance to return to work

Additionally, if a work accident results in the death of a worker, the family of the worker may be entitled to a lump sum payment and / or income maintenance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and workers' compensation

NT WorkSafe acknowledges concerns raised in relation to the impact of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) on workers’ rehabilitation and compensation. We are currently giving careful consideration to the potential impacts pertaining to workers’ compensation and will closely monitor the situation and provide further updates for all stakeholders within the scheme as it becomes available.

Changes to the Return to Work Legislation 2020

The Northern Territory Legislative Assembly has passed amendments to the Return to Work Act 1986 and Return to Work Regulations 1986.

This Act commenced on the 29th of July 2020, as fixed by Government Gazette.

The Return to Work Legislation Amendment Act 2020 reversed a number of changes made to the legislation in 2015 and improves the operation of the NT Workers Compensation Scheme.

Changes to the Return to Work Legislation 2020

Video Resources

The below videos have been developed to give helpful information about injuries and claims:

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