Class E - COIDA / WCA Tariffs of Assessment

COIDA / WCA ensures that employees are provided with compensation should they be disabled by any occupational injuries or diseases which arise during their time of employment.

COIDA / WCA also makes provision for compensation if any of these injuries or diseases lead to death in addition to providing for any and all such matters connected therewith.  Tariff Changes May or may not have a large impact on your industry class. The COIDA/ WCA introduction blog lists all the classes for your reference.

COIDA / WCA Annual Assessment

Once a year, the Compensation Commissioner conducts an assessment on all employers who are registered with COIDA / WCA. This includes all industries which are divided into industry classes and subsequently, 100 sub-classes.

Each sub-class is liable to pay a certain tariff annually. The tariff is according to the risk ratio of the employer along with their nature of business.

The assessment fee that employers must pay is calculated by dividing the total of all employees’ salaries by 100 (ratio percentage) and multiplying this total with the assessment tariff.

This fee must be paid within 30 days of the assessment, according to Section 86.1 of COIDA.

Below is a table that provides the tariff structure, which is changing from 2021 onwards. The current rate and the new rate are indicated and a five-year forecast on tariffs is provided as well.

This is as per the current industry classes and their sub-classes, and the risk ratio, which is subject to change depending on any changes in the risk ratios.

It is important that employers take note that this year’s assessment will be calculated as follows – the final assessment for salaries and wages for 2020 will be based on last years tariff rates and the provisional calculations for salaries and wages for 2021 will be calculated on the new gazetted tariff rates.

The tariffs which are introduced will replace the W.AS. 178T notice and are as follow:


Table 1: Class E current and prospective tariffs


Industry Name

Alt Class Compensation Fund

New Rate

2020 Rate

5-Year Phase In:








Class XIV









Horse Stabling

Class XX








Sub Class 1401 Chrome and Electroplate WCA Tarifs




1401 – Chrome/Electroplate – Class XIV

This includes electroplating as a separate business.

2020 – Horse Stabling – Class XX

This includes the following:

  • Horse trainer or dealer.
  • Racing stable proprietor.
  • The business involved in the conducting or racing, and
  • A turf or jockey club.

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Document Under Construction. Please watch this space for updates pretty soon. 


Posted date: 20th Jan 2021
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