Can I apply for workers compensation?
Workers who contract COVID-19 in the course of their employment will be able to claim workers compensation benefits for any time lost or medical care required.
It may be challenging to prove the required connection with work in light of the growing number of community infections. You should contact your union for assistance if you are unable to work due to a COVID-19 infection caused by work.
If work, in particular working under all the extra rules during lockdown, is making you sick i.e. stressed, depressed, anxious, exhausted, then you may also have a claim under workers compensation.
From 1 July 2021, new legislation will enable Victorian workers and volunteers who suffer from a work-related mental injury to access early treatment and support while they await the outcome of their claim.
More information is available from WorkSafe Victoria.
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