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Injury Warrants


Many sectors of the public service make provision for the payment of compensation where a public servant is injured in the course of the performance of their official duties. In the civil service, Injury Warrants have been established by way of a series of statutory instruments made under the Superannuation Act 1887. These warrants specify benefits that may be payable where an injury sustained in performance of official duties causes a civil servant to retire or die, or where the injury sustained results in a specified degree of impairment.

Types of benefits awarded

These benefits may be in the form of:

  • an annual allowance
  • a gratuity
  • a loss of earnings allowance
  • refunds to cover certain expenses

The amount awarded is primarily determined by degree of impairment suffered, with consideration given to salary, emoluments and other pension benefits payable, including ill health retirement benefits.

All claims under the Injury Warrant provisions in the pre-existing civil service pension schemes are decided on by the Minister for Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform.

Similar provisions exist in other sectors of the public service. Public servants seeking information on the provisions applicable to them relating to injury incurred in the course of performing their official duties must contact their own HR/pension administrator.

Supporting information

Superannuation Act 1887

Superannuation Act 1909

Superannuation Act 1946

S.I. 236/1946 - Superannuation Act, 1887 (Section 1) Warrant, 1946

S.I. 110/1974 - Superannuation Act, 1887 (Section 1) Warrant, 1974

S.I. 153/1975 - Superannuation Act, 1887 (Section 1) Warrant, 1975

S.I. 297/1978 - Superannuation Act, 1887 (Section 1) Warrant, 1978

Circular 20/1946 - Superannuation Act, 1887 (Section 1) Warrant, 1946

Circular 03/1974 - Superannuation Act 1887 (Section 1) Warrant, 1974

Circular 08/1975 - Superannuation Act, 1887, (Section 1) Warrant, 1975

Circular 10/1978 - Superannuation Act, 1887 (Section 1) Warrant, 1978

Letter to Personnel Officers 11 April 1990 - Revised Injury Warrant Provisions