Workers' Compensation is now administered by the Attorney‑General’s Department as a result of the Administrative Arrangements Order introduced on 29 May 2019.

This content is under review and will be moved to the Attorney-General’s Department website.

Workers’ compensation

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The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act) establishes the Commonwealth workers’ compensation and rehabilitation scheme.

The SRC Act covers employees of the Commonwealth, Commonwealth authorities, the Australian Capital Territory Government and a small number of private corporations, which self-insure their workers’ compensation liabilities under the scheme.

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 can be found on the Australian Government’s Federal Register of Legislation website.

For further information about the Comcare scheme or the SRC Act, you can contact the Workers’ Compensation Hotline on (02) 6240 7163 or at workerscompensationpolicy@jobs.gov.au.

Please note that information provided by phone or email will be of a general nature only. The Department cannot provide legal advice or personal or case specific information.

For further information regarding claims under the Comcare scheme, you can contact Comcare on 1300 366 979, at general.enquiries@comcare.gov.au, or visit the Comcare website.

Firefighter provisions of the SRC Act

On 7 December 2011, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Act 2011 amended the disease provisions contained in section 7 of the SRC Act to include presumptive provisions for some cancers suffered by firefighters. The Department of Jobs and Small Business has commenced a review of these provisions.

More information is available on the review page.