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Regulator role

Comcare draws its authority for regulation from the WHS Act as the federal regulator for work health and safety (WHS) and from the SRC Act to regulate rehabilitation.

Comcare regulates by assisting, supporting, guiding and advising employers, service providers, employees and their representatives. This ensures active and informed participation in decisions that affect these groups. Comcare assists workplaces to identify and rectify unsafe processes and promotes healthier workplaces. Where necessary, Comcare takes strong enforcement action with employers and employees who do not comply with their WHS obligations.

Comcare partners with employers and their employees, health and safety representatives (HSRs), unions, the community, media, industry groups and associations to improve employee health and safety and drive a positive health and safety culture. Our local presence allows us to interact at workplaces at the ‘assist and support’ level, helping duty holders achieve healthy and safe workplace outcomes.