Comcare is the statutory authority established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). Comcare has a number of powers and functions conferred under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and SRC Act. Comcare is also responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s asbestos-related claims liabilities under the Asbestos‑related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 (ARC Act).
Comcare’s programmes and services are used by employers and employees including:
- employees of Australian Government agencies and authorities
- national companies licensed by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC)
- members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)—when not at war—including reservists and cadets
- employees of the ACT Government
- individuals making claims against the Commonwealth for asbestos-related conditions.
These employers and employees are in a range of industries including government services, transport and logistics, financial and banking services, construction, telecommunications, defence and postal services.
The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) establishes a system of governance and accountability for public resources, with an emphasis on planning, performance and reporting. Under the PGPA Act, Comcare is a Commonwealth corporate entity and is:
- a body corporate
- established for a public purpose that holds money on its own account
- governed by an accountable authority
- legally financially separate from the Commonwealth
- subject to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules under PGPA Act Rule 30.