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Information on 2011 SRC Act amendments

A number of changes to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) came into effect on 7 December 2011.
The changes include:

  • The reintroduction of recess claims—employees may claim for an injury that occurs during an ordinary recess from their place of employment, such as a lunch break.
  • The introduction of coverage for certain employees working outside Australia where the Minister declares—by legislative instrument—the country or class of employees covered.
  • Continuing the rights of an injured worker to claim compensation for medical expenses even where other forms of compensation are suspended.
  • Allowing Comcare to access the Consolidated Revenue Fund to pay compensation to an injured worker with a long latency disease, where their employment was prior to 1 December 1988 but the disease manifested after that date.
  • Allowing regulations to be developed that prescribe time limits for claim determinations and reconsiderations.

More information

For more information, please read the latest jurisdictional policy advices, call Comcare on 1300 366 979 or email

Page last updated: 23 Apr 2014