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Changes to Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) in 2016

Since 1 January 2016, the maximum and minimum compensation limits for death and total permanent incapacity under WICA have been increased. The cap on medical expenses has also been increased.

Higher compensation limits

The maximum and minimum compensation limits for death and total permanent incapacity under WICA, as well as the cap on medical expenses, have been increased.

Compensation type Accidents before 1 Jan 2016 Accidents from 1 Jan 2016
Death Min: $57,000
Max: $170,000
Min: $69,000
Max: $204,000
Total permanent incapacity (PI) Min: $73,000
Max: $218,000
Min: $88,000
Max: $262,000
Medical expenses Up to $30,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever first Up to $36,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever first

Treatments that help injured workers recover faster

Return to Work (RTW) treatments are activities that help injured workers recover and regain their ability to work. RTW activities are claimable as part of WICA medical expenses.

Claimable RTW activities include:

  • Case management
  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Worksite assessment for purposes of rehabilitating injured workers

More information

Check out our posters on the WICA changes in English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.