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About Comcare

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Comcare is the national authority for work health and safety, and workers’ compensation.

Our role

We are a government regulator, workers’ compensation insurer, claims manager and scheme administrator.

Through our role, we work with employees and other workers, employers, service providers and other organisations to:

  • minimise the impact of harm in the workplace
  • improve recovery at work and return to work
  • promote the health benefits of good work.

We collaborate and partner with other schemes and organisations on research and innovative projects that improve outcomes.

We also provide expert advice and services to the:

Governing legislation

Comcare and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) were established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). This legislation sets out the functions and powers of these bodies.

Comcare also has functions and responsibilities under the:

Through these pieces of legislation, we have roles as the workers’ compensation insurer, national work health and safety regulator and scheme manager. We also manage the Commonwealth's asbestos-related claims liabilities.

Strategic priorities

Our main strategic outcome is to support participation and productivity through safe and healthy workplaces that minimise the impact of harm. This outcome drives our work.

To deliver on this outcome, our focus is on five strategic priorities:

Driving innovation and better practice

Collaborate in the design and delivery of research, education and innovative initiatives to enhance scheme outcomes.

Leading workers’ compensation insurer

Working with employees and employers to minimise the impact of harm in workplaces, supporting optimal recovery and return to work, and delivering a sustainable scheme.

Effective national regulator

Increasing duty holders’ levels of compliance and commitment to best practice through regulatory oversight of work health and safety and workplace rehabilitation.

Excellence in scheme design and management

Achieving sustainable and better practice national schemes.

Efficient and effective operations

Working collaboratively and innovatively across the organisation providing trusted advice, assurance and robust frameworks, to effectively enable and support the delivery of our outcome.

Comcare’s operations cover a diverse and changing Australian workforce. To succeed, we need to anticipate and adapt to changes while keeping our focus and commitment to employees, employers and our stakeholders.

Corporate publications

See a full list of our Corporate publications.

Diversity program

See Comcare’s Diversity program.

Organisational structure

See Comcare's Organisational structure.

Page last reviewed: 20 November 2019
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Date printed 01 Oct 2020