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Calculating PIAWE

Calculating PIAWE

If you have lost income due to a work-related injury or illness, you may be eligible for weekly payments. These weekly payments are calculated on your pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE). 


Calculating the PIAWE

The PIAWE is calculated based on your average weekly earnings for 52 weeks before the injury occurred. If you have been with your employer for less than 52 weeks, don't worry, they will calculate it based on your average weekly earnings for the period of employment. Any period of unpaid leave is excluded from the PIAWE calculation. 

The PIAWE is calculated on your ordinary earnings for the normal number of hours worked per week. This includes: 

  • your base rate of pay, 
  • regular overtime and shift allowances, 
  • salary sacrifice arrangements, and,
  • non-pecuniary benefits such as residential accommodation, a motor vehicle, education fees, or private health insurance. 

The PIAWE does not include other work-related allowances such as working from heights, clothing and equipment allowances, heat allowances, etc. 

If you need assistance calculating your PIAWE, contact your union or Injured Workers Support


Weekly Payments Percentage Rate

Your weekly payments will be calculated because of the PIAWE. The weekly payments are a percentage of the PIAWE and this percentage rate changes depending on how long you have been receiving the weekly payments. 

Time frame

Percentage of PIAWE

First 13 weeks

95% (including regular shift & overtime rates)

14 - 130 weeks

80% (including regular shift & overtime rates up to the 52 week mark)


If you continue to receive your non-pecuniary benefits or salary sacrifice arrangements after the injury, the monetary value of these amounts will be deducted from your PIAWE. For example, if you are provided with a motor vehicle that you continue to use after your injury, the monetary amount of using the car will be deduced from the PIAWE. 

Weekly payments are subject to a maximum amount that is equal to twice Victoria’s state average weekly earnings. If your weekly payments are calculated to be above this amount, you will only be paid up to the maximum amount. You may also be entitled to additional or ‘top-up’ pay through your Industry Award or Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Speak to your union or contact Injured Worker Support for more information. 

After 130 weeks, weekly payments will only continue if you are considered to be unfit to perform any suitable work and that incapacity is likely to continue indefinitely. 


Last Modified: 01/07/2021

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