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Dispute Resolution Service

Comcare provides a number of alternative pathways for Employees and Employers to resolve claim related disputes. These pathways include participating in In-house Facilitation, seeking an internal reconsideration of a determination and seeking redress by way of the Feedback team.

What options do I have if I disagree with a determination?

If you disagree with a determination you may either request to attend In-house Facilitation to discuss the resolution of your concerns or request a reconsideration of the determination by Comcare’s independent reconsiderations team.

In-house Facilitation

Comcare offers an opportunity for employees and employers, who are in dispute, to participate in a facilitated conversation with a qualified mediator. You have the option of attending Comcare’s free alternative dispute resolution service in Canberra or Melbourne.

In-house Facilitation is an assisted conversation between parties in dispute that encourages parties to reach a negotiated agreement. In-house Facilitation aims to provide access to a timely, accessible and cost effective dispute resolution process. For more information on In-house Facilitation click here.

Reconsiderations

Comcare's Disputed Claims team independently reviews certain determinations for employees and employers. A Request for reconsideration must be made within 30 days of receiving the determination. For more information on Reconsiderations click here.

What options do I have if I disagree with a reviewable decision made by Comcare?

If you disagree with the reviewable decision issued by Comcare you may either appeal directly to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) or you may request to attend Comcare’s In-house Facilitation. An appeal to the AAT must be made within 60 days of receiving the reviewable decision.
For more information on appealing to the AAT click here.

Alternately, if you have not participated in In-house Facilitation, you may request to participate in a facilitated conversation at this stage.

For more information on In-house Facilitation click here.

Contacting the Disputed Claims Team

You can contact Comcare's Disputed Claims in the following ways:

Reconsiderations
Email: reconsiderations.team@comcare.gov.au
Phone: 1300 366 979

In-house Facilitation
Email: facilitation@comcare.gov.au
Phone: 1300 366 979

Feedback
Email: Feedback@comcare.gov.au
Phone: 02 6160 3985

Can I provide my feedback?

If you would like to provide feedback on your experience with Disputed Claims, please feel free to contact to a Senior Review Officer or the Assistant Director of Disputed Claims. Alternately, you can email feedback@comcare.gov.au

Page last updated: 05 May 2017