How do PIAWE agreements work?

PIAWE agreements can be a useful way to fast track weekly payments and help injured workers to focus on recovery and return to work. Watch this short video to find out how they work.

When a worker [1] has a work-related injury, and they’re unable to perform their full pre-injury duties, they may be paid a percentage of their pre-injury average weekly earnings (known as PIAWE) for a set period. 

On Friday, 13 September  2019, the NSW Government published the Workers Compensation Amendment (Pre-injury Average Weekly Earnings) Regulation 2019 (PDF, 0.2 MB). It states that, for injuries sustained on or after 21 October 2019, the employer and worker have the option of agreeing on the PIAWE amount to be used for determining the worker's weekly compensation payments.

While PIAWE agreements aren’t mandatory, they can be a useful way to fast track weekly payments and help injured workers to focus on recovery and return to work.

Reaching a PIAWE agreement

Watch this short video to find out how employers and injured workers can agree to an amount for weekly compensation payments.

Don’t forget, to enter a PIAWE agreement, employers must send their agent the completed application for approval of a PIAWE agreement form, along with supporting pay information (for example payslips or an employment contract), within five days of injury notification. 

For an agreement to be approved, the agent must be satisfied that the agreed PIAWE amount is fair and reasonable.

If you do not enter into an agreement, your agent will calculate PIAWE in accordance with the legislation and make a work capacity decision. Remember, if you have any PIAWE-related questions, you can contact your agent or icare

[1] Does not apply to exempt categories of workers.

More information

For further information and resources, please visit PIAWE reforms.

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