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Information on the 2007 SRCOLA Amendments

Important changes to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (SRC Act) came into effect on 13 April 2007. The changes maintain the financial viability of the scheme, and improve the administration and provision of benefits.

  • SRCOLA 2007 Second Reading Speech—Parliament of Australia
  • SRCOLA 2007 Explanatory Memorandum—Parliament of Australia

Overview

On 29 March 2007, Federal Parliament passed the Safety, Rehabilitation Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 (SRCOLA), including a late government amendment to the SRCOLA Bill introduced into the Senate.

This became the Safety, Rehabilitation, Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2007 (SRCOLA Act) on 12 April 2007, with most of the amending provisions coming into effect on 13 April 2007.

The SRCOLA Act amends the SRC Act because it:

  • Strengthens the connection between work and eligibility for workers’ compensation, in particular in regard to disease claims.
  • Removes workers’ compensation coverage for non-work related journeys and, where there is a lack of employer control over worker activity, from recess breaks.
  • Reinstates the original policy intention behind the calculation of retirees’ incapacity benefits by accommodating changes to interest rates and superannuation schemes.
  • Provides for claimants who are no longer employed by the Commonwealth, it provides for their capacity to work outside Commonwealth employment to be taken into account when calculating incapacity benefits.
  • Increases the maximum level of funeral benefits payable.
  • Corrects anomalies in the SRC Act to improve its administrative efficiency and make sure the original policy intentions behind particular provisions are maintained.

Resources

Jurisdictional Policy Advices

Jurisdictional Policy Advices have been developed to provide further information on the amendments to the SRC Act in 2007 following passage of the SRCOLA Act.

Further information

For further information, please contact Comcare on 1300 366 979 or email compensation.policy@comcare.gov.au

Page last updated: 23 Apr 2014