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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.

Rehabilitation and workers' compensation

The rehabilitation and workers' compensation regulatory functions provide an integrated and cost effective approach to prevention, compensation and workplace rehabilitation across the jurisdiction.

The Comcare scheme covers employees of:

  • Commonwealth Government agencies and statutory authorities (but excluding members of the Australian Defence Force)
  • ACT Government and its agencies
  • Corporations which have been granted a licence to self insure, provided the injury ocured while the licence was in force. (View list of licensees.)

The rehabilitation and compensation components of the Comcare scheme are characterised by:

  • a 'no fault' scheme, with limited access to common law
  • an integrated and cost effective approach to injury prevention, occupational rehabilitation and workers' compensation
  • employer responsibility for the occupational rehabilitation and return to work of injured employees
  • Comcare approval of rehabilitation program providers
  • a comprehensive benefit structure with an entitlement to compensation payments for 45 weeks at 100 per cent of normal weekly earnings, and 75 per cent thereafter
  • coverage of allowable medical, rehabilitation and related costs associated with the treatment of work related injury and diseases
  • lump sum payments for permanent impairment due to work related injury or disease
  • entitlement to incapacity payments until age 65

Comcare is the workers' compensation claims manager for premium-paying agencies (i.e. Commonwealth agencies/authorities and the ACT Government).

Further information

Page last updated: 09 Jun 2017