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Assessing return to work policy and practice (ComPARE) project

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The COMpensation Policy And Return to work Effectiveness (ComPARE) project aims to develop evidence that can help improve return to work policy and practice in Australia.

Project update

The project has produced a number of findings, including major research reports, presentations and journal articles.

See the latest ComPARE Project reports.

Project overview

The ComPARE project was established at Monash University in 2014 to establish an evidence base that can help develop and implement effective return to work policy in Australia.

The project adopts a comparative effectiveness methodology, comparing return to work outcomes between jurisdictions.

The project aims to identify policies and practices that have positive or negative effects on return to work and income replacement. The project is funded from WorkSafe Victoria through the Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research, as well as Safe Work Australia.

In-kind support is received from the national organisations outlined below, as well as data from the National Data Set from each state and territory.

Project participants

Project lead

  • Monash University

Other organisations involved

  • ACT Government
  • NT WorkSafe
  • Office of Industrial Relations, QLD Government
  • ReturnToWork SA
  • Safe Work Australia
  • State Insurance Regulatory Authority of NSW
  • WorkCover Tasmania
  • WorkCover WA
  • WorkSafe Victoria.

Findings and reports

More information

For more information on this research project, contact

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