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On 11 April 2019 the Australian Government assumed a caretaker role, with an election to be held 18 May 2019.
Information on websites maintained by Comcare will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions until after the election and conclusion of the caretaker period.

Guidance on applying the SRC Act


Comcare provides guidance for Comcare scheme participants to assist them in understanding and applying the provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). This includes 'Scheme Guidance' and 'Case Lessons'. These are aimed at generating a common understanding and encouraging consistency of approach.

Scheme Guidance outlines for decision makers Comcare’s understanding of, and recommended approach to, the provisions in the SRC Act and subordinate legislation.

Note: Scheme Guidance replaces previously issued Jurisdictional Policy Advices (JPAs). As we review our JPAs they will be replaced by Scheme Guidance. Where a JPA is no longer current or relevant it will include the words ‘replaced’ or ‘revoked’ or may be removed from the website.

Case Lessons are snapshots of recent Court and Tribunal decisions that highlight key practical lessons for employers, employees and decision-makers in the Comcare scheme.

If you have any questions about any of this guidance or would like a copy of a JPA no longer listed on the website, please contact Scheme Policy on 1300 366 979 or by email to

The following guidance is available for employers, employees and relevant decision makers.

Medical treatment

Guidance for relevant authorities and claims managers about medical treatment under the SRC Act.

Fee guidance for workplace rehabilitation providers

Guidance for rehabilitation authorities and workplace rehabilitation providers on the appropriate cost and duration of WRP services.

Household services and attendant care services

Guidance for relevant authorities and claims managers about household services and attendant care services under section 29 of the SRC Act.

Aids and Appliances

Guidance for relevant authorities and claims managers on the appropriate compensation payable for certain alterations, modifications or aids and appliances for employees with an impairment under section 39 of the SRC Act.

Accrual of leave

Calculating leave accrual for employees on compensation leave under the SRC Act.

Application of Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 to claims made under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Guidance for relevant authorities on the requirement to notify Medicare under the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 (HOSC Act) for claims made under the SRC Act.

Specified diseases and employment

Guidance for relevant authorities and claims mangers about the legislative instrument declaring a list of specified diseases and employment under subsection 7(1) of the SRC Act.

Administrative action exclusion

A workplace injury may not be compensable if it was caused by administrative action, such as performance management, denial of leave or promotion decisions

Injuries suffered 'in the course of employment'

An injury can be compensable if it was suffered ‘in the course of employment’.

Page last updated: 09 May 2019