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On 11 April 2019 the Australian Government assumed a caretaker role, with an election to be held 18 May 2019.
Information on websites maintained by Comcare will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions until after the election and conclusion of the caretaker period.

Statutory rates

Table 1: Statutory rates

  • Section 13 of the SRC Act provides for indexation of defined compensation benefits by reference to the Consumer Price Index.
  • Section 13AA provides for annual indexation of death compensation entitlements by reference to the Wage Price Index.
  • Determining authorities under the Comcare scheme are unable to pay more than the statutory amount.
  • The statutory amounts payable from 1 July 2018 are provided in Table 1.
Statutory amounts indexed according to section 13AA
Subsection of the SRC Act Nature of Benefit 1 July 2018 Indexation Factor
17(3) Death lump sum – persons wholly dependent $550,321.42 WPI – 1.021
17(4) Death lump sum – persons partly dependent Up to $550,321.42
17(5) Death - dependent child (per week) $151.34
Statutory amounts indexed according to section 13
18(4)(a) Funeral Benefits Up to $12,053.62 CPI – 1.019
19(7) Incapacity - employee (per week) $478.01
19(8) Incapacity - prescribed person (per week) $118.37
19(9) Incapacity - dependent child (per week) $59.14
24(9) Lump sum permanent impairment Up to $189,310.19
27(2) Non-economic loss:
impairment component 'A'
Up to $35,495.68
27(2) Non-economic loss: component 'B' Up to $35,495.68
29(1) Household services Up to $473.25
29(3) Attendant care service (per week) Up to $473.25
30(1) Redemption - eligibility ceiling (per week) $118.37
137(1) Redemption - eligibility ceiling (per week) $118.37

Previous statutory rates

For details of rates prior to 2001 please contact Comcare.

Table 2: SRC Act Section 16(6) Specified Rate per Kilometre

  • Determining authorities may pay compensation where an employee reasonably incurs expenditure for travel for medical treatment by private motor vehicle.
  • The total distance travelled must exceed 50 kilometres as prescribed in subsection 16(7).
  • The SRC Act provides that the Minister specifies, by Legislative Instrument, the specified rate per kilometre.
  • The specified rate per kilometre, as specified by the Minister from time to time, is provided in Table 2.
Date Rate Notice
1 July 2008 60 c/km Jurisdictional Policy Advice No 2008/06
1 October 2003 47 c/km No 18 of 2003 Gazette, GN 39, 1/10/03, p 2884
1 July 2002 42 c/km Jurisdictional Policy Advice No 2002/01
1 July 2001 42 c/km No 2 of 2001 Gazette, GN 26, 4/7/01, p 1817
7 December 2000 34 c/km No 1 of 2001 Gazette, GN 9, 7/3/01, p 623
8 November 2000 34 c/km No 3 of 2000 Gazette, GN 44, 8/11/00, p 3079
29 May 1995 30 c/km No K1 of 1995 Gazette, S 119, 30/5/95
24 December 1992 16 c/km No K1 of 1995 Gazette, S 119, 30/5/95
1 July 1992 12 c/km N/A
1 July 1991 15 c/km N/A
1 July 1990 12 c/km N/A
1 July 1989 12 c/km N/A
1 December 1988 12 c/km N/A

Table 3: SRC Act Subsection 19(5) Maximum amount of compensation after 45 weeks' incapacity (being 150% of AWOTEFA)

  • Subsection 19(5) of the SRC Act sets an upper limit on weekly incapacity compensation payments after the first 45 weeks of incapacity.
  • This limit is set at 150 per cent of the Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings of Full-time Adults (AWOTEFA). The AWOTEFA is published by the Australian Statistician.
  • The biannual AWOTEFA amounts are provided in Table 3.
Date of Effect Amount
21/02/2019$2407.35
16/08/2018$2379.30
22/02/2018$2351.85
17/08/2017$2315.70
23/02/2017$2299.65
18/08/2016$2274.00
25/02/2016$2248.95
13/08/2015$2226.75
26/02/2015 $2214.45
14/08/2014 $2180.85

20/02/2014

$2156.55

15/08/2013 $2134.05
21/02/2013 $2089.50
16/08/2012 $2029.05
17/05/2012 $2017.80
23/02/2012 $2000.10
17/11/11 $1983.90
18/08/11 $1958.10
19/5/11 $1932.15
24/2/11 $1908.75
18/11/10 $1889.10
19/8/10 $1884.45
20/5/10 $1864.65
25/2/10 $1834.95
19/11/09 $1802.85
13/8/09 $1796.25
21/5/09 $1774.65
26/2/09 $1747.35
13/11/08 $1717.65
14/8/08 $1698.30
15/5/08 $1684.95
21/2/08 $1669.05
15/11/07 $1655.40
16/8/07 $1632.60
17/5/07 $1605.60
22/2/07 $1588.35
16/11/06 $1576.95
17/8/06 $1564.50
18/5/06 $1553.85
2/3/06 $1544.25
17/11/05 $1533.90
18/8/05 $1512.15
19/5/05 $1486.80
24/2/05 $1457.80
18/11/04 $1440.00
19/8/04 $1428.75
20/5/04 $1422.00
26/2/04 $1409.40
13/11/03 $1397.10
14/8/03 $1381.50
22/5/03 $1350.60
20/2/03 $1334.40
14/11/02 $1318.20
15/8/03 $1300.20
16/5/02 $1290.75
21/2/02 $1273.05
15/11/01 $1257.75
16/8/01 $1236.15
17/5/01 $1215.90
1/3/01 $1203.75
16/11/00 $1197.15
17/8/00 $1173.90
18/5/00 $1162.50
2/3/00 $1144.80

Table 4: SRC Act Subsection 20(3) Changes to Superannuation Amount for Superannuation Funds Managed by the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

  • The Government portion of superannuation pensions paid under the Commonwealth superannuation schemes are indexed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  • The Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation reviews the employer funded portion of the Commonwealth superannuation scheme pensions twice a year in line with movements in the CPI. The CPI adjustment is then applied to superannuation pensions in January and July.
  • The biannual indexation percentage is provided in Table 4.
Date of effect Increase
03/01/190.8%
05/07/181.1%
22/12/170.8%
23/06/171.0%
23/12/161.1%
24/06/160.2%
07/01/161.1%
26/06/15 0.4%
26/12/14  0.9%
27/06/14 1.3%
27/12/13 1.6%
28/06/13 0.6%
28/12/12 1.9%
29/06/12 0.1%
30/12/11 1.5%
1/07/11 2.0%
31/12/10 1.3%
18/06/10 1.4%
01/01/10 1.3%
18/6/09 0%
18/12/08 2.7%
20/6/08 2.3%
20/12/07 1.9%
21/12/06 2.5%
22/6/06 1.4%
22/12/05 1.6%
24/6/05 1.4%
23/12/04 0.9%
25/6/04 1.4%
25/12/03 0.6%
27/6/03 2.0%
27/12/02 1.4%
28/6/02 1.8%
28/12/01 1.1%

Table 5: SRC Act Subsection 21(5) Specified Rate of Weekly Interest on Lump-sum Superannuation Amounts

  • A specified rate on superannuation lump sums applies to the calculation of weekly incapacity compensation under section 21 or 21A of the SRC Act.
  • The SRC Act enables the Minister to specify, by Legislative Instrument, a rate that applies for a period of 12 months commencing on 1 July in any year.
  • The annual interest rate specified by the Minister is provided in Table 5.
DateRateNotice
01/07/182.64%F2018L00803
01/07/172.37%F2017L00698
01/7/162.72%F2016L01104
01/7/15 - 30/6/163.26% -/2015 - F2015L00855
1/7/14 - 30/6/15 3.86% -/2014 - F2014L00680
1/7/13 - 30/6/14 3.24% 1/2013 - F2013L01258
1/7/12- 30/6/13 4.48% 1/2012 - F2012L01263
1/7/11 - 30/6/12 5.35% 1/2011 - F2011L01282
1/7/10 - 30/6/11 5.38% 1/2010 - F2010L01739
1/7/09 - 30/6/10 5.35% -/2009 - F2009L02161
1/7/08 - 30/6/09 6.08% 2/2008 - F2008L02336
1/7/07 - 30/6/08 5.72% 2/2007 - F2007L01142
27/4/07 - 30/6/07 5.72% 1/2007 - F2007L01141

Table 6: SRC Act subsection 8(9B) and subsection 8(9F) increase rates for normal weekly earnings adjustment

  • Subsection 8(9B) of the SRC Act provides for an annual increase to normal weekly earnings (NWE) by reference to the Wage Price Index (WPI).
  • Subsection 8(9F) of the SRC Act provides for an increase to NWE for employees who are employed (current employees) by the Commonwealth or a licensee, where there has been no increase to their NWE in the 12 months ending 30 June each year.
  • The movement in the WPI published by the Australian Statistician is used to ascertain the percentage increase to be applied to the NWE in the above two subsections.
  • The annual indexation percentage is provided in Table 6.
Date Rate
1/07/182.1%
1/07/172.0%
1/07/162.1%
1/07/15 2.6%
1/07/14 2.6%
1/07/13 3.5%
1/07/12 3.7%
1/07/11 3.8%
1/07/10 2.9%
1/07/09 4.2%
1/07/08 4.2%
1/07/07 4.0%
1/07/06 4.2%
1/07/05 3.5%
1/07/04 3.7%
1/07/03 3.4%
1/07/02 3.4%
Page last updated: 21 Feb 2019