Chairperson's review

Barry Sherriff

Barry Sherriff, Chairperson,
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

It gives me great pleasure to present my fourth report to the Minister for Employment, Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash, and the Australian Parliament on the operations of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (the Commission) for the year ending 30 June 2017.

I would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by all Members.

Strategic focus and plan

The Commission has a range of functions under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1998 (SRC Act) and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act). The Commission’s strategic focus is to ensure that it properly fulfills its statutory functions and obligations in a manner that is consistent with the legislation.

The Commission articulated this focus, its mission and vision as well as its strategic priorities for the reporting period through its Strategic Plan 2016–17 (Strategic Plan).

The Commission’s strategic priorities for 2016–17 were to:

  • inform key stakeholders on the Commission’s role and responsibilities
  • reduce regulatory burden on licensees
  • provide effective regulation and oversight
  • provide a forum for consultation between Comcare and persons conducting businesses or undertakings, workers and the bodies that represent them.

I am pleased to report that the Commission undertook a range of activities to achieve outcomes against these four key priorities in 2016–17, the key points of which are set out below.

Licence compliance and performance model

The Commission’s new Licence Compliance and Performance Model came into effect from 1 July 2016, with the supporting elements of the model being developed in consultation with licensees and other key stakeholders and implemented throughout 2016-17.

The model seeks to ensure compliance with licence conditions and focuses on licensee performance against set standards and measures in claims management, rehabilitation and prevention by using a holistic, risk-based approach to performance evaluation. The model contributes towards the Government’s agenda to reduce regulatory burden on business by affording a reduced level of regulatory oversight for established licensees that have mature management systems and demonstrated high performance against the Commission’s standards and measures.

Additional information on the Commission’s Licence Compliance and Performance Model can be found below.

Regulator performance framework

As the regulator of self-insured licensees under the SRC Act, the Commission is required to implement the Government’s Regulator Performance Framework (RPF). In 2016–17, the Commission completed its second self-assessment against its endorsed RPF key performance indicators. The self-assessment will be published on the Commission’s website later this year.

Self-insurance

In this reporting period, the Commission received licence applications from the Australian National University and Ron Finemore Transport Services Pty Ltd.

StarTrack Express Pty Ltd, Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd and Ron Finemore Transport Services Pty Ltd became self-insured licensees during the period and a further six licensees commenced licence extension.

Further information on licencing arrangements can be found below.

Strategic risk register

The Commission manages current and emerging risks through its Strategic Risk Register. In 2016–17 the Commission reviewed the register to ensure it remains current and effective.

Finally, I would like to thank the staff of Comcare for their professional support, guidance and assistance.

Barry Sherriff