For Congregations and Presbyterys

Workers Compensation Policies

If you employ a worker, you may need a workers compensation policy. Workers compensation covers the costs of lost wages and medical treatment for employees who have a work-related injury or illness.   

All placed Ministers of the Word are covered by the Workers Compensation policy which is maintained by the Ministers Support Fund. If your Congregation has an employee, other than an Ordained Minister, you need to hold Workers Compensation insurance. Consult this guide to find out if your Congregation requires an additional policy. 

In NSW: Workers compensation can be provided to an employee to cover the costs of lost wages and treatment. You must have a workers compensation policy if you pay $7,500 or more in annual wages.  

In the ACT: Workers compensation can be provided to an employee to cover lost wages and treatment. You must have a workers compensation policy in the ACT if you have one or more workers. Workers include any individuals who work under a contract of service. 

If you are unsure if you need a workers compensation policy or would like to establish a workers compensation policy, contact WTW via email: UCASynod.RTW@willistowerswatson.com. A certificate of currency will be provided as evidence of your insurance arrangements. 

If a work-related injury or illness occurs

If a minister or staff member is injured or experiences a work-related illness, it should be reported as soon as possible, regardless of the seriousness. Please email the Synod’s workers compensation advisor WTW at UCASynod.RTW@willistowerswatson.com to report the details. This will satisfy legislated reporting requirements to report within 48 hours, and you will have access to support for the workers compensation and injury management process if needed.