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Proposed changes to the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme arrangements

On 25 March 2015, the Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, introduced legislation into Parliament to amend the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). The SRC Act underpins the operation of the Comcare scheme.

The proposed changes in the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015 aim to:

  • provide targeted support for injured employees
  • ensure a stronger focus on rehabilitation and return to work
  • ensure the scheme's viability and integrity.

There will be no changes to the operation of the Comcare scheme until the legislation is passed. Comcare will communicate directly with all employees who are receiving compensation about changes that may affect their entitlements once the legislation is passed.

All enquiries about the proposed changes to the SRC Act should be directed to the Department of Employment. Further information about the changes and contact details for enquiries are available through the Department's website.

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Page last updated: 22 Apr 2015