Note: Information contained in this blog is for the state of Victoria, Australia.

What are the differences between TAC and Workcover

Car accidents versus workplace accidents

When it comes to seeking compensation for injuries sustained in Victoria, Australia, the two most common avenues are TAC claims and workers' compensation claims. While both aim to provide financial support to individuals affected by injuries, there are important distinctions between the two. Understanding these differences is crucial for navigating the claims process effectively and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. In this blog post, we will explore the key disparities between TAC claims and workers' compensation claims in Victoria.


Eligibility Criteria:

TAC Claims: The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) covers individuals who have suffered injuries in transport accidents, including car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents.

Workers' Compensation Claims: Workers' compensation, governed by WorkSafe Victoria, provides coverage for injuries sustained in the workplace or during work-related activities. To be eligible, the injury must have occurred in the course of employment or due to work-related duties.

Both sorts of claims apply regardless of fault, meaning you can normally claim benefits even if you were responsible for the accident.

If you meet the criteria for both TAC and Workcover for the same injury - for example, if you are injured while driving a truck for work - then normally you will need to make a Workcover claim instead of a TAC claim.

Types of Injuries Covered:

TAC Claims: TAC claims encompass a wide range of injuries resulting from transport accidents, including physical injuries, psychological trauma, and even fatalities. Medical expenses, income replacement, rehabilitation, and other support services may be covered under a TAC claim.

Workers' Compensation Claims: Workers' compensation claims are specific to injuries that occur in the workplace or arise from work-related activities. This includes physical injuries, occupational diseases, mental health conditions caused or aggravated by work, and injuries resulting from accidents while on the job.


Compensation for Loss of Earnings:

TAC Claims: TAC provides income replacement benefits to cover lost earnings for individuals who are unable to work due to their transport accident injuries. These benefits are calculated based on a percentage of the individual's pre-accident earnings and are subject to certain limits and conditions.

Workers' Compensation Claims: Workers' compensation also offers income replacement benefits for individuals who are temporarily or permanently unable to work due to work-related injuries. The compensation amount is determined based on the individual's pre-injury average weekly earnings and how long it has been since the accident.


Claims Process and Time Limitations:

TAC Claims: TAC claims must be lodged within 12 months from the date of the accident or within 12 months from when the injury was first apparent. It is important to report the accident to the police and seek medical attention promptly. Failure to meet the deadlines may result in difficulties in pursuing a claim, but you should still seek legal advice if this is the case for you.

Workers' Compensation Claims: In Victoria, workers' compensation claims must be reported to the employer as soon as possible and within 30 days of the injury. The claims process involves notifying the employer, obtaining medical documentation, and submitting the claim to WorkSafe, usually through your employer.



TAC claims and workers' compensation claims in Victoria are designed to provide support and compensation to individuals injured in different circumstances. Understanding the key differences between the two is essential for pursuing the appropriate claim and securing the compensation you deserve. If you're unsure about your eligibility or need assistance with the claims process, it's advisable to consult a knowledgeable legal professional specializing in personal injury law to guide you through the complexities and protect your rights.


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Scott Millington, the principal lawyer at Millington Legal, is a highly experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in helping clients who have been injured in transport accidents. With a decade of experience in the field, Scott is committed to providing expert legal representation and support throughout the claims process to help his clients get the compensation they deserve.

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