Workers' compensation

Safe Work Australia has four functions relating to workers’ compensation. These are to:

  • develop national policy relating to work health and safety and workers' compensation
  • undertake research and conduct data analysis on workers’ compensation matters
  • develop proposals relating to:
    • harmonising workers' compensation arrangements across the Commonwealth, states and territories, and
    • national workers' compensation arrangements for employers with workers in more than one of those jurisdictions
  • advise the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council on matters relating to workers' compensation.

Safe Work Australia is a policy development and advisory body for government and does not have a role in the management of individual workers’ compensation claims. Each state and territory has their own workers’ compensation scheme and the Commonwealth has three schemes – one for Commonwealth employees and authorities licensed to self-insure under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Commonwealth), one covering seafarers and one covering military personnel.

For information regarding individual workers’ compensation claims, or to discuss detailed information about a particular scheme, please contact the Workers Compensation Authority in your jurisdiction.

The main source of statistical information by jurisdiction can be found in the annual Comparative Performance Monitoring Report (CPM) which is a comparison of work health and safety and workers’ compensation schemes in Australia and New Zealand. This report is produced annually. Previous editions of these reports can be found on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

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