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Cost recovery

Background

Comcare undertakes cost recovery to fund the functions and activities of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (Commission) and Comcare under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act), the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Seafarers Act). Comcare’s cost recovery activities are subject to the Public Governance, Performance and accountability (Charging for Regulatory Activities) Order 2017 (Order) and conform to the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines 2014 and Charging Framework 2015.

In accordance with the Order, Comcare publishes Cost Recovery Implementation Statements (CRIS) for cost recovery activities relating to charging of the non-government sector.

Licence fee

Licensees under the SRC Act are subject to annual licence fees. These fees represent the costs incurred by the Commission and Comcare in carrying out their respective functions under the SRC and WHS Acts.

Comcare and the Commission publish a CRIS which explains the approach to licence fee cost recovery.

Seafarers Act reconsiderations

Comcare has a role, under the Seafarers Act, to provide assistance to an employer to reconsider determinations under that Act.

Comcare has published a CRIS which explains its approach to cost recovery for this activity.

Regulatory contributions

Similar to licence fees, Comcare charges Australian Government agencies fees (called regulatory contributions) for its, and the Commission’s, functions and activities under the SRC Act and the WHS Act. While the requirement to publish a CRIS does not apply to inter-governmental charging, where a similar charge is applied to government sector entities Comcare has taken the approach that it will apply the same methodology (to regulatory contributions) including the publication of a document that explains this methodology.

For additional information

For more information about the Australian Government’s framework for cost recovery, refer to the Department of Finance’s website. For more information about Comcare’s cost recovery approach, email Comcare's Cost Recovery team.

Page last updated: 16 Aug 2019