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Support for family members

The TAC can help the immediate family members of a person injured in a transport accident.

Time off work for parents

We can pay a loss of wages to the parents of a dependent child if:

  • Their child is an inpatient in hospital with an accepted TAC claim,
  • They have more than five days of lost wages because they have taken time off work to visit their child in hospital.

Find out more about time off work for parents.

Travel and accommodation

If you're in hospital, we will also pay for travel and accommodation for family members who live more than 100km away, so they can visit you.

We will also help parents to be with dependent children in hospital, even if they live closer.

Find out more about travel and accommodation.

Counselling

We can support immediate family members by paying for family counselling when a loved one dies or has a major injury.

Find out more about counselling.

We can pay a loss of wages to the parents of a dependent child if:

  • Their child is an inpatient in hospital with an accepted TAC claim,
  • They have more than five days of lost wages because they have taken time off work to visit their child in hospital.

How to make a claim for loss of wages

To claim loss of wages, you will need to send us proof of your lost wages, which could be:

  • Your latest payslips,
  • A letter from your employer which says how much you earn.

It is each parent’s responsibility to make a claim for lost wages.

Please call the TAC on 1300 654 329 for more information.

How much we can pay

We will pay lost wages up to a maximum of $1,390 per week.

The total amount we can pay on a child’s claim is capped at $10,320.

Loss of wages for parents of injured children policy

We are here to help at this difficult time. As well as giving information and advice we can pay loss of wages for a parent who visits their dependent child in hospital.

How we approve loss of wages for parents

We can pay a loss of wages to the parents of a dependent child if:

  • Their child is an inpatient in hospital with an accepted TAC claim
  • They have a loss of wages because they have taken time off work to visit their child in hospital, and
  • They have more than five days of lost wages.

Payment of lost wages in the first five days

The TAC, by law, cannot ordinarily pay for the first five working days that are lost to visit a dependent child in hospital.

During the first five days parents need to use their workplace leave, if possible.

If you are in, or at risk of, acute financial hardship, you can ask the TAC to pay your lost wages during the first five days. We can pay you if you don’t have enough income to cover your  immediate family living expenses.  To work this out we will look at whether you have:

  • Unused sick or annual leave entitlements from your employer;
  • Outstanding debts such as loan repayments, electricity, gas and other household expenses, and
  • A bank balance with enough money to cover outstanding debts and your anticipated living expenses.

How to make a claim for loss of wages

If you need to claim a loss of wages, you will need to send us proof of your lost wages including:

  • Latest payslips; and
  • Letter from your employer

How is loss of wages paid?

We will pay loss of wages directly to your nominated bank account.

How much we will pay?

We will pay 100% of a parent’s lost wages, up to a maximum of $1,390 per week.

The total amount we can pay on a child’s claim is capped at $10,320.

It is each parent’s responsibility to make a claim for lost wages.

We will process payment for each parent’s loss of wages when we receive the information listed in the ‘How to make a claim for loss of wages’ section of this policy.

What we won’t pay for

We cannot pay for:

  • The same day of lost wages on more than one TAC claim
  • Replacement labour where you are a sole-business operator
  • The cost of meals or other living expenses
  • Any Government related benefits.

Definition of a parent

For this policy a parent is:

  • A person who normally lives with and has day to day care and control of the child
  • A guardian of the child.

Parent

Parent means:

  • A person who normally lives with and has day to day care and control of the child,
  • A guardian of the child.

Immediate family member

Member of the immediate family of an injured TAC client means a partner, parent, child or sibling of the injured client.

For accidents on or after 26 September 2018, a grandparent is also included as a member of the client's immediate family.

Dependent child

Your child is a "dependent child" if they are financially dependent on you and:

  • under 16 years of age, or
  • over 16 but under 25 years of age and a full-time student or an apprentice*.

A child who has a spouse or domestic partner cannot be a dependent child.

* Apprentice applies to accidents on or after 26 September 2018.