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1.1.E.10 Economic loss compensation


This definition applies to all payments.


Economic loss compensation is a compensation payment that is made wholly or partly in respect of lost earnings or lost capacity to earn, resulting from a personal injury.

Economic loss compensation includes lost wages (past economic loss), interest on past economic loss, lost capacity to earn (future economic loss) and lost superannuation contributions.

Act reference: SSAct section 17(2) Compensation, Part 3.14 Compensation recovery

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.C.250 Compensation affected payment, 1.1.N.110 Non-economic loss compensation, Compensation Part of Lump Sum - Judgement by Contested Hearing, 3.1.9 Compensation provisions, 4.13 Compensation, 6.4 Compensation Recovery

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