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Comcare overview

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.