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Comcare is established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). Comcare has functions and responsibilities under the SRC Act, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 (ARC Act).

Under this legislation we have roles as insurer, regulator and scheme manager. Comcare is the national work health and safety regulator under the national WHS Act. We manage the Commonwealth’s asbestos-related claims liabilities.

We provide expert advice and services to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) and the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare Authority).

Comcare’s work underpins healthy and safe workplaces and plays a vital role supporting workforce participation and productivity, as well as making an important contribution to the Australian Government’s Regulatory Reform Agenda.

Our role is to have a positive impact on reducing injury and harm in the workplace, as depicted in the table below.

Comcare’s outcome statement (our Outcome) provides strategic focus for our purposes:

Support participation and productivity through healthy and safe workplaces that minimise the impact of harm.

So we are:


The leading insurer

Working with employers and employees to minimise the impact of harm in workplaces, facilitate recovery at and return to work, and deliver sustainable management of the fund.

The national regulator

Working with employers, employees and other stakeholders to improve work health, safety and rehabilitation outcomes through consistent, risk based regulation.

Excellence in scheme management and design

Working with scheme participants to achieve sustainable and better practice national schemes.

Efficient and effective operations

Working together to achieve our Outcome.


Sustainable management of the fund’s liabilities.

Embed the compliance and enforcement framework.

Engage with scheme participants and experts to inform and improve scheme design.

Provide strategic advice to effectively enable and support the organisation to deliver business outcomes.

Responsive, relevant and cost effective services.

Implement the risk based regulatory model.

Successfully implement improvements across the schemes.

Streamline/improve business systems, processes and practices.

Ensure national consistency in service delivery.

Monitor and review the performance of the Comcare and Seacare Schemes.

Deliver core business systems and processes.

Improve Comcare’s WHS performance.

The corporate plan shows how:

  • each purpose contributes to the achievement of our Outcome
  • we will continue to drive transformation throughout the organisation.

Through this corporate plan, employers and employees will be able to see the benefit from the improved performance across each of our four purposes. Comcare is committed to being outcome focused, transparent, innovative and collaborative in delivering our work. We have identified ambitious performance targets that reflect our shared commitment to minimising harm in the workplace, both now and in the future.

Page last updated: 01 Aug 2017