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15 Feb 2024

Designed for health practitioners, this webinar is designed to provide strategies for practitioners to assist clients/patients with chronic pain to participate in work that benefits their health and wellbeing.


14 Nov 2023

Earlier this year we surveyed our employers about their experiences with Comcare. Their feedback has been useful in guiding our work.


09 Nov 2023

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has published new ABS Life Tables 2020–2022. The Life Tables are applied to calculate redemption lump sum amounts under section 137 of the SRC Act.


09 Nov 2023

An innovative approach to restoring a World War II artefact, a mental health program at a major construction project, and a national initiative to support injured workers are among the winners of the 2023 Comcare National Work Health and Safety Award.


06 Sep 2023

The Department of Defence has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over a vehicle rollover that killed two soldiers in Queensland.


15 Aug 2023

Greg Vines joined Comcare as its CEO in April 2023 after 10 years as the Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He shares what’s important to him in taking on this role.


11 Aug 2023

The Department of Defence has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws after two soldiers were attacked by a crocodile in far north Queensland.


02 Aug 2023

Comcare has produced a suite of free micro learning modules (micro learns) to help raise awareness and build manager capability to design good work.


24 Jul 2023

Too many Australians leave work due to ill health, injury or disability. Since 2017, The Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation has been working to break down barriers in our systems and culture to enable more Australians to engage in good work.


17 Jul 2023

Registrations are open for Comcare's upcoming webinar on 2023-24 Regulatory Priorities and Incident Management.


27 Jun 2023

Comcare has developed new resources on ways to reduce mental health-related stigma in the workplace and encourage wellbeing at work every day.


22 Jun 2023

Comcare welcomes today’s Australian National Audit Office report into the management of workers’ compensation claims in the Commonwealth scheme.


22 Jun 2023

Designed for GPs and medical practitioners, this webinar will enhance your ability to support people with PTSD to participate in meaningful work that promotes their mental health and wellbeing.


20 Jun 2023

Construction company Lendlease has been fined $100,000 over a workplace safety incident that seriously injured a worker at a Perth Defence base.


13 Jun 2023

National waste management company Cleanaway has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over an incident that injured a Canberra worker.


07 Jun 2023

Comcare has published its new fee guidance for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers which will take effect on 1 July 2023.


07 Jun 2023

Comcare has published new statutory rates under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).


02 Jun 2023

Defence contractor Thales Australia has been convicted and fined $450,000 for safety failures that resulted in the death of a worker at its Bendigo factory.


19 May 2023

The Collaborative Partnership is excited to announce that the Principles on the role of the GP in supporting work participation have been included in the RACGP Curriculum and Syllabus for Australian General Practice 2022.


18 May 2023

Comcare has produced a suite of evidence-based resources, including videos and better practice guidance, to help raise awareness and build manager capability to design good work for their teams.


18 Apr 2023

Updated self-paced training on the permanent impairment provisions to assist claims managers in applying the provisions of the SRC Act.


18 Apr 2023

Comcare has released two new scheme guidance publications to assist claims managers in applying the provisions of the SRC Act.


03 Apr 2023

Important changes to Commonwealth work health and safety laws are now in force.


03 Apr 2023

New Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment – Edition 3.0 under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in effect from 1 April 2023.


20 Mar 2023

Work demands are among the most common sources of workplace stress and psychological harm and may include role overload, unrealistic time pressures, ambiguity or conflict, cognitive and emotional demands of the job, conflict arising from tasks, relationships, change management, a lack of organisational justice and a worker’s sense of fairness at work.


09 Mar 2023

New Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment – Edition 3.0 under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in effect from 1 April 2023.

The legislative instrument that provides for the current Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment – Edition 2.1 made under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) will sunset on 1 April 2023.


01 Mar 2023

The Comcare National Work Health and Safety Awards is back to a face-to-face event this year. The Awards recognise and reward excellence in workplace health and safety achieved by employers and individuals operating across the Comcare scheme. The Awards will be presented in Canberra on Thursday 9 November 2023.

Nominations for the 2023 Comcare National Work Health and Safety Awards are now open.


17 Jan 2023

Comcare training is designed and targeted to the various roles and responsibilities relevant to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (WHS Act) and Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).


19 Dec 2022

Expansion to the prescribed cancers list for firefighters under the SRC Act with effect from 17 December 2022.


15 Dec 2022

Changes to the presumptive firefighter provisions under the SRC Act came into effect on 7 December 2022.


15 Dec 2022

Comcare has released two new scheme guidance publications to assist claims managers in applying the provisions of the SRC Act.


01 Dec 2022

Comcare has updated its notification requirements for COVID-19 cases in workplaces.


30 Nov 2022

View our new videos and resources on supporting recovery and return to work. They explain the return to work process, show the health benefits of a safe, timely and durable return to work, roles and responsibilities, and better practices in supporting employees to return to work.


10 Nov 2022

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has published new Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia 2019 - 2021. The Life Tables are applied to calculate redemption lump sum amounts under section 137 of the SRC Act.


20 Oct 2022

Comcare welcomes today’s Commonwealth Ombudsman report on improving the administration of Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs).


13 Oct 2022

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding are forecast to continue across many parts Australia in the coming days. It’s important for employers and workers, in flood prone or affected areas, to understand how to respond, manage risks and stay safe.


06 Oct 2022

Designed for GPs, medical practitioners and those working in the RTW space, this webinar will enhance how you engage with workplaces to support a client’s recovery and participation in work that improves their health and wellbeing.


29 Sep 2022

A new national position paper from work health and safety regulators has found significant shortcomings in manual handling training available to Australian workers.


20 Sep 2022

The draft Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment (Edition 3) and associated consultation documents, including a summary of changes, are now available for review and feedback.


19 Aug 2022

A 72% recovery rate was recorded from workers from across the Australian Public Service who made use of the NewAccess workplaces mental health coaching service.


16 Aug 2022

A 12-month transition support pilot provided to 50 injured workers exiting the Victorian Workers’ Compensation system has shown benefits to the health and wellbeing for participants.


09 Aug 2022

The Department of Defence has been charged with breaching Commonwealth work health and safety laws for allegedly failing to manage psychological risks in relation to the death of a worker.


04 Jul 2022

Defence contractor Thales Australia Limited has been charged with breaching Commonwealth work health and safety laws over the death of a worker at a manufacturing facility in Victoria.


22 Jun 2022

53% of people reported not having enough income to cover essential living costs as they transition from one income support system to another according to the study.


30 May 2022

Comcare has published its new fee guidance for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers which will take effect on 1 July 2022.


30 May 2022

Comcare has published new statutory rates under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).


20 May 2022

Injured and unwell workers covered under the Comcare scheme are returning to work at high rates according to data from the 2021 National Return to Work Survey.


16 May 2022

John Holland will deliver safety improvements worth more than $1.2 million that will benefit the construction industry nationally, through an Enforceable Undertaking accepted by Comcare.


03 May 2022

Join us on 7 and 8 June at the National Convention Centre in Canberra for an exciting program of keynotes, panels and networking opportunities at the 2022 Comcare National Conference.


19 Apr 2022

Designed for GPs and medical practitioners, this webinar will show you how “good work” can further support the mental health and wellbeing of people experiencing psychological injury.


18 Mar 2022

The Work Health and Safety Year in Review report for 2021 details compliance and enforcement activities that promote and enable safe and healthy work across the Commonwealth jurisdiction.


17 Mar 2022

What does a healthy truck driver ‘look like’ and how can drivers stay healthy on the road are some of the topics covered in the free Driving Health seminar series this March.


03 Mar 2022

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Comcare National Conference, and our opening keynote speakers Future Crunch will set the scene with their presentation on How to embrace intelligent optimism and adapt in a new era.


02 Mar 2022

All medical, pharmaceutical and allied health providers are eligible to submit workers’ compensation claim-related invoices to Comcare digitally through Medipass.


09 Feb 2022

A national transport and logistics company has been convicted and fined $300,000 for breaching federal work health and safety laws in an incident that caused severe injuries to a worker.


28 Jan 2022

Comcare now offers instructor-led virtual training with our new 2022 calendar out now!


12 Jan 2022

Comcare has released two new online learning courses for the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (SRC Act).


20 Dec 2021

The Bureau of Meteorology recently declared a La Niña, the climate driver typically associated with wet conditions for eastern, northern and central parts of Australia over summer.


08 Dec 2021

A summary report has been released today with key findings and recommendations from the Collaborative Partnership’s national cross-sector workshop series held earlier this year.


02 Dec 2021

As part of Comcare’s ongoing partnership with Driving Health, the research team led by Monash University has developed the Driving Health Allocator Training Program (DHAT) for truck driver allocators, supervisors and line managers.


02 Dec 2021

The Comcare National Conference is back in 2022 on 7 and 8 June at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.


01 Dec 2021

Comcare has a plan to improve its service options and how it interacts with employees, employers and other people working in the Comcare scheme.


19 Nov 2021

More than 1,000 people attended the two-day forum on 11-12 November, delivered by Comcare as part of the Australian Government’s response to the Respect@Work national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment.


15 Nov 2021

Comcare has released new scheme guidance to assist claims managers in applying the provisions of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act).


25 Oct 2021

A national forum will be held on 11-12 November 2021 as part of the Australian Government’s response to the landmark Respect@Work Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report to raise awareness about work health and safety (WHS) risks, management and prevention.


30 Sep 2021

A recent trial to support injured workers exiting the Victorian Workers’ Compensation system has helped participants build confidence, independence and job readiness. The aim of the trial was to facilitate a ‘soft landing’ that helped injured workers exiting the system become job ready.


13 Sep 2021

Key findings from Australia’s largest national research project to improve the health and wellbeing of truck drivers will be shared as part of a new webinar series to be held throughout this month.


01 Sep 2021

The Department of Defence has been convicted and fined $1 million under federal work health and safety laws over the death of a soldier during a training exercise in the Northern Territory.

The penalty is the largest recorded for the Commonwealth WHS jurisdiction.


31 Aug 2021

Comcare recently invited stakeholders to make a submission on the proposed removal of the imposed condition on all plant registrations that ‘a registration holder must notify Comcare annually of any maintenance, repair, inspection or testing of an item of plant’.


09 Aug 2021

Preventing workplace sexual harassment and strengthening responses to it will be the focus of a Comcare webinar this month.


29 Jun 2021

This research will enable an understanding of the use and practices of cross-sector services. It will help identify areas of duplication and provide insights into the best opportunities for alignment across services, sectors and systems.


24 May 2021

The Royal Australian Mint has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws after a three-tonne coin press almost fell on a worker in Canberra.


19 May 2021

Efforts to keep a large APS workforce COVID-safe, innovations in handling Defence Force explosives, and a program to reduce recovery times for long-term injuries are among the winners of the 2021 Comcare National Work Health and Safety Awards.


12 May 2021

Comcare proposes removing its imposed condition on duty holders to submit annual notifications of any maintenance, repair, inspection or testing of an item of plant, which includes high-risk machinery such as cranes, vehicles, forklifts, lifts, boilers, gas cylinders and amusement rides and devices.


28 Apr 2021

Professor Niki Ellis, Expert Adviser to the Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation, is presenting at the 2021 All-Actuaries Virtual Summit as part of a plenary session with the theme ‘Disability, Support, Services and Income’.


28 Apr 2021

Public consultation is now open for the National Disability Employment Strategy, an important initiative from the Department of Social Services (DSS) – a partner in the Comcare led Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation.


28 Apr 2021

International Labour Organization (ILO) has highlighted the importance of creating and investing in resilient workplace health and safety (WHS) systems as the focus of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021.


09 Apr 2021

Comcare has established a specialist team of inspectors to focus on work health and safety risks at major infrastructure projects across Australia.


31 Mar 2021

Comcare has released guidance to help employers, managers and supervisors and workers prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment and comply with their duties under the Work Health Safety Act 2011.


16 Mar 2021

Discussing the implementation phase of Australia’s first set of principles for General Practitioners (GPs) in supporting work participation is the focus of a new workshop series hosted by the Collaborative Partnership.


15 Mar 2021

The Department of Defence has been convicted and fined $350,000 under federal work health and safety laws after a worker was critically injured during a maintenance operation in Queensland.


11 Mar 2021

CSIRO will spend $1.5 million on workplace health and safety improvements that will also benefit the broader research community under a commitment endorsed by Comcare.


10 Mar 2021

The Department of Home Affairs and its healthcare provider International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) have been charged with breaching Commonwealth work health and safety laws over the death of a man in immigration detention.


26 Feb 2021

Australia’s only validated psychosocial risk assessment tool, People at Work, is up and running on a new free, digital platform thanks to work health and safety regulators and leading researchers.


11 Feb 2021

Construction company John Holland has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over a dangerous incident at a prison development in northern NSW.


22 Jan 2021

Comcare is pleased to launch four new scheme guidance publications to assist claims managers in applying the provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act).


17 Dec 2020

Everyone has a role to play in creating a mentally healthy workplace, which starts with a shared understanding about mental health.


27 Nov 2020

A national transport and logistics company has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over an incident that severely injured a worker in Adelaide.


06 Nov 2020

Comcare has a continued focus on mental health safety and wellbeing by promoting the health benefits of good work.


22 Oct 2020

The 2019–20 Annual Reports for Comcare, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare) are now available.


16 Oct 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions ease across Australia, Comcare has developed guidance to help employers support workers as they transition back to usual workplaces.


28 Sep 2020

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Comcare National Work Health and Safety Awards. The awards recognise and reward excellence in workplace health and safety, and recovery at and return to work achieved by employers and individuals operating across Comcare’s scheme.


28 Sep 2020

Australia will begin a two-year transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7) from 1 January 2021.


22 Sep 2020

A new mandatory safety standard for quad bikes comes into effect nationally in October 2020.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says quad bike-related fatalities have almost doubled this year - 14 people, including three children, compared with eight deaths in the whole of 2019.


08 Sep 2020

Construction company John Holland has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over an incident that severely injured a worker on the Sydney Metro rail project.


04 Sep 2020

The Minister has now made the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Specified Laws) Amendment Declaration 2020 (the Amendment Declaration) updating the list of specified State and Territory laws under section 119 of the SRC Act.


21 Aug 2020

Comcare has released eight new scheme guidance publications to assist claims managers in applying the provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.


01 Jul 2020

The workplace exposure standard (WES) for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is being reduced in the Comcare jurisdiction.


25 Jun 2020

Comcare is supporting Day of the Seafarer on 25 June – an international awareness day to highlight the importance of this critical industry sector and its workforce.


31 Mar 2020

While our face-to-face training is currently suspended due to COVID-19, ensure you keep developing your work health and safety capability through Comcare LMS, our secure learning management system.


25 Mar 2020

This resource provides an understanding of the role of the GP in supporting work participation across systems that provide benefit or income support to people with a health condition or disability.


10 Mar 2020

The Department of Defence has been convicted and fined $300,000 after a Sydney high school student was seriously injured during an army cadet camp


02 Mar 2020

We need feedback on guidelines for giving a WHS undertaking under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.


13 Jun 2019

Three companies have been charged over two separate incidents that caused injuries to workers during the redevelopment of Perth’s Campbell Barracks.


06 Feb 2019

Construction company John Holland and two contractors are facing federal work health and safety charges over an incident that injured a worker at Perth’s NorthLink road project.


21 Dec 2017

The Department of the Environment and Energy and a helicopter contractor have been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws in relation to a fatality in Antarctica.


19 Apr 2017

Waste management company Cleanaway has been convicted and fined $650,000 over a chemical fire in Adelaide that injured an employee.


15 Aug 2016

Federal work health and safety regulator Comcare today began legal proceedings against national waste management company Cleanaway over a truck crash that killed two people in Adelaide.


Page last reviewed: 10 March 2020

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