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1.9 Compensation for Death - S9, 9A, 10 and 'Schedule 1' of 1930 Act


This item refers to actual DEATHS which OCCURRED DURING the currency of the 1930 Act rather than injurious events or initiation of diseases which eventually resulted in death during the currency of a later Act.

On the very rare occasions that a claim is received, the 1930 Act provided benefits in respect of accidental injuries (S9), 'travel' injuries (S9A) and diseases (S10) as set out in 'The First Schedule' to that Act.

This 'First Schedule' provided for deaths (as a special subset of 'injuries') as follows:

  • In the case where there are 'wholly dependent' dependants, a lump sum of $12,000.
  • In the case where there are no wholly dependent persons but there are partly dependent dependants, a lesser lump sum of an amount at the delegate's discretion, upon consideration of what is 'reasonable' and 'proportionate to the loss' but not to exceed $12,000.
  • A weekly payment to each dependant child, of $2.80 per week up to the age of 16.

Note that these amounts represent the final indexation of entitlement i.e. that amount which was current at the time of the repeal of the 1930 Act in September 1971. It is current policy to pay only the above amounts, i.e. most beneficial amount possible under that repealed Act, rather than the amount actually current at the time of a death i.e. if in a year prior to 1971.