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Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Sydney & New South Wales

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Who can make a claim for Workers’ Compensation in New South Wales?

All workers in New South Wales (NSW) can make a workers’ compensation claim for a work-related injury or illness, even if their employer is not insured. Workers can be employed full-time, part-time or on a casual basis. Even “deemed workers” such as jurors or those taking part in work experience could be entitled to access compensation too.

Legally, all NSW employers must have a workers’ compensation insurance policy. These policies exist to help cover the costs of work-related injuries and illnesses. Some NSW employers are exempt from having a policy, but they’re still required to assist with workers’ injury management and their return to work. 

What injuries are covered by workers' compensation in New South Wales?

The physical and psychological injuries and illnesses covered by NSW workers’ compensation have specific eligibility criteria and include:

  • Injuries sustained at work, resulting from work or during work activities

  • Injuries sustained during an ordinary work break (e.g lunch break) 

  • Injuries sustained while travelling because of work

  • Diseases caused by work

  • Diseases or pre-existing conditions made worse by work

What can I claim for? 

Workers’ compensation in NSW depends on your specific circumstances. You may be eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Education or training assistance

  • New employment assistance

  • Domestic assistance

  • Medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses

  • Permanent impairment

  • Payments in the event of death

How long will it take?

Strict time limits apply for starting your claim. Most claims must be made within 6 months of the workplace incident.

The time frame to resolve your workers’ compensation claim in NSW depends on:   

  • How complicated your circumstances are; 

  • How serious your injuries are and; 

  • The treatment you need to restore your health. 

As your workers’ compensation lawyers in Sydney and NSW, we’ll move as quickly as possible to get your claim finalised, while you focus on your recovery.


We are committed to ensuring everyone has access to justice and that’s why we offer Workers’ Compensation services on a No Win, No fee* basis, so you don’t need to worry about out-of-pocket legal expenses. 

We will help you to fully understand your rights and the compensation you may be entitled to. 

*Conditions apply

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Injury types covered by New South Wales workers' compensation

You can claim Workers’ Compensation for any serious injury or illness you have suffered as a result of work. Here are just a few examples: 

Work related toxic exposure, silica or dust diseases are a separate category of injury in NSW, which our workers’ compensation lawyers in Sydney and NSW can help you with.  

Additional claim types 

Our team of workers’ compensation lawyers in Brisbane and Queensland can help you understand all the claim options that may be available to you.

Depending on the circumstances of your workplace injury or illness, you may also be eligible for:

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What we will ask: 

  • Details about the accident and injuries that have happened to you or your loved one 

  • Basic personal information that is relevant and necessary for your claim

What happens next:  

  • Either book a no obligation appointment with a compensation law expert right away or,    

  • Speak with our team about your options

New South Wales Workers’ Compensation claim process

Each workers’ compensation in NSW case is different. You will go through a number of steps during the process. Your workers’ compensation lawyers Sydney and NSW will guide you through each step in the process and ensure your claim gets the best possible outcome.

Document and report your injury or illness to your employer

It’s important to immediately inform your employer about your work-related injury and keep any relevant information and documentation relevant to this conversation. 

Seek medical help and advice

Make a doctor's appointment – preferably with your personal doctor – and explain what has happened. It’s important the doctor documents everything thoroughly and accurately and you ask them for a ‘certificate of capacity.’

We’ll help you submit your claim and inform your employer

You may need to complete and submit a NSW workers’ compensation claim form and certificate of capacity with your employer. Shine Lawyers can assist you with that process.

We’ll build your claim and keep you informed

Once we have gathered all the evidence and documentation required, we will assist you to claim all the benefits available to you under the NSW workers' compensation scheme or to seek a review if the insurer denies your claim.

As your workers' compensation lawyers in Sydney and NSW, we are committed to ensuring the process is simple, streamlined and as stress-free as possible so you can focus on what matters most – your recovery.

Resolve your case

If your claim is successful, you will receive the compensation you are entitled to, so you can focus on your future.

No Win, No Fee*

We do our best up-front to make sure you understand your legal claim, including whether your claim is on our No Win, No Fee* basis.  

*Conditions apply

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Do you have a claim?

We’re here to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.


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New South Wales workers' compensation FAQs

Who pays the workers’ compensation in NSW?

If you’ve been injured at work and your employer is found to be responsible, it’s your employer’s insurance company that will pay your compensation. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that is compulsory for all employers and is there for your protection. 

If you make a claim against your employer, there are laws in place to ensure they don’t treat you differently during the process. If they do, they could be held liable for discrimination. Our team can help you make a claim while ensuring you are not treated unfairly for drawing a line between right and wrong.

Will my employer treat me differently if I make a NSW workers’ compensation claim?

If you make a claim against your employer, there are laws in place to ensure they don’t treat you differently during the process. If they do, they could be held liable for discrimination. Our team can help you make a claim while ensuring you are not treated unfairly for drawing a line between right and wrong.

Can I represent myself, or do I need a workers’ compensation lawyer in NSW?

It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a claim however, doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward.  

Without an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in your corner, it can be difficult to identify and highlight the strength of your case. 

Without the right legal advice and support, you then may not receive the compensation you're entitled to under the NSW workers' compensation scheme. 

What aspects of the law can Shine’s NSW workers’ compensation lawyers help me with?

Our team of best workers’ compensation lawyers in Sydney and NSW may be able to help you to:  

  • Submit a workers’ compensation claim  

  • Contest a workers’ compensation claim that has been rejected by your employer’s insurer  

  • Support you if your employer refuses to cooperate with your claim, or pressures you to return to work  

  • Access compensation if your employer's insurer refuses to pay for treatment or hasn’t approved your request for surgery  

  • Fix incorrect compensation or entitlement payments or gain access to payments that have been cut off  

  • Get advice if you have suffered a workplace injury and aren’t sure of the next steps 

Why trust Shine to be my workers’ compensation lawyers?

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion per year in entitlements and compensation through our expert services.  

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court.

We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation-free initial consultation so you can understand your rights and know where you stand. 

*Conditions apply

Where are the Shine workers’ compensation lawyers located in NSW?

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support.  

If you’d like to speak to one of our workers’ compensation lawyers in person, you can see our full list of Sydney and NSW locations here.  

If you can’t find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment. 

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