Scheme profile

The following tables provide an overview of the Comcare scheme’s performance as at 1 August 2016. The tables include performance in 2015–16 compared to 2014–15.

Table 1: Scheme coverage

Scheme coverage1

2014–15

2015–16

Under WHS Act

410 809

406 810

Australian Government

189 295

185 749

Self-insured licensees

159 365

158 912

Australian Defence Force

62 149

62 149

Under SRC Act

372 446

375 954

Premium payers

208 340

208 228

Self-insured licensees

164 106

167 726

1 Full time equivalent FTE employees

Table 2: Scheme workers' compensation data

Workers’ compensation data

Coverage

2014–15

2015–16

Incidence of claims lodged1

Scheme

18.9

16.3

Premium payers

14.4

13.5

Self-insured licensees

24.5

19.8

Incidence of accepted claims1

Scheme

15.0

12.0

Premium payers

11.6

9.6

Self-insured licensees

19.4

15.1

Incidence of serious claims1

Scheme

7.1

6.2

Premium payers

7.0

5.9

Self-insured licensees

7.3

6.6

Number of compensable deaths

Scheme

20

12

Premium payers

15

9

Self-insured licensees

5

3

1  per 1000 FTE employees

Table 3: Scheme notifications of work health and safety incidents

Notification of WHS incidents

Coverage

2014–15

2015–16

Serious injury or illness

Comcare’s WHS jurisdiction

523

523

Australian Government

247

195

Self-insured licensees

127

148

Australian Defence Force

149

180

Dangerous incidents

Comcare’s WHS jurisdiction

1010

852

Australian Government

473

391

Self-insured licensees

296

270

Australian Defence Force

241

191

Notifiable worker fatalities

Comcare’s WHS jurisdiction

9

14

Australian Government

2

5

Self-insured licensees

3

6

Australian Defence Force

4

3

Table 4: Scheme workers’ compensation management and disputation of claims

Workers’ compensation management
and disputation of claims

Coverage

2014–15

2015–16

Reconsiderations

Scheme

3196

3530

Premium payers

1742

2024

Self-insured licensees

1454

1506

Scheme affirmation rate1

78%

82%

Comcare affirmation rate1 (premium payers)

77%

83%

Self-insured licensees affirmation rate1

80%

80%

AAT applications

Scheme

1207

1361

Premium payers

573

714

Self-insured licensees

634

647

1  Affirmation rate is the percentage of original decisions which were upheld following a request for reconsideration

Table 5: Scheme rehabilitation and return to work

Rehabilitation and return to work

Coverage

2014–15

2015–16

Median lost time (weeks)

Scheme

5.5

5.3

Premium payers

7.7

7.5

Self-insured licensees

4.2

4.4

Median lost time (weeks) injury claims

Scheme

4.6

4.6

Premium payers

5.6

5.3

Self-insured licensees

4.0

4.1

Median lost time (weeks) disease claims

Scheme

7.1

7.2

Premium payers

9.6

9.1

Self-insured licensees

4.6

4.8