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Australia has 11 workers’ compensation systems.

Each of the eight Australian states and territories has their own workers’ compensation scheme and the Commonwealth has three, including:

  • Australian Government employees, Australian Defence Force personnel with service before 1 July 2004 and the employees of licensed self-insurers under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
  • Seafarers under the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
  • Australian Defence Force personnel with service on or after 1 July 2004 under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Comparing workers’ compensation schemes

We produce the annual publication Comparison of Workers' Compensation Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand, which provides detailed information on the different ways each scheme deals with:

  • coverage
  • benefits
  • return to work provisions
  • self-insurance
  • common law
  • dispute resolution
  • cross-border arrangements.

See the latest Comparison of Workers’ Compensation Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand (2016) report.

Snapshot: comparing key information

  NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT CWLTH NZ
Employees covered for workers’ compensation (2013–14) 3,268,000 2,607,300 2,121,300 1,243,900 724,500 207,100 130,900 150,500
Private Sector Workforce
390,300 1,876,613
Number of serious claims with one week or more incapacity (2013–14) 32,770 20,980 25,460 11,370 8,380 2,690 1,100 1,440 2,390 20,320
Number of serious claims per 1000 employees (2013–14) 10     .0 8.0 11.6 9.1 11.6 13.0 8.4 9.6 5.9 10.8
Compensated deaths per 100 000 employees (2013–14) 1.2   1.0 2.5   1.8 0.4 2.9 3.1 0.0
(ACT Private Sector only)
4.1 3.4
Scheme funding Managed Central Central Private insurers Central Private insurers Private insurers Private insurers Central Central
Standardised Average Premium rate (% of payroll) 1.53 (2013–14)   1.70 (2012–13) 1.31 (2013–14)   1.31 (2012–13) 1.44 (2013–14)   1.48 (2012–13) 1.25 (2013–14)   1.25 (2012–13) 2.47 (2013–14)   2.50 (2012–13) 2.00 (2013–14)   2.11 (2012–13) 1.90 (2013–14)   1.90 (2012–13) 1.97 (2013–14)   2.09 (2012–13) 1.19 (2013–14)   1.16 (2012–13) 0.68 (2013–14)   0.75 (2012–13)
Standardised Funding Ratio (%) 138 (2013–14) 132 (2013–14) 178 (2013–14) 129 (2013–14)   74 (2013–14)   128 (2013–14)     99 (2013–14)   N/A 69 (2013–14)   157 (2013–14)  
Excess/Unfunded (30 June 2015) $1.4 billion assets in excess of target funding capital $2 202 m excess $1.765 billion funded  N/A $370 m funded N/A   N/A N/A $682 500 m $2.38 billion excess. Work Account only
Access to Common Law Yes Yes—limited Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes—limited No

Further advice

SWA is not a workers’ compensation authority and cannot advise you on workers’ compensation insurance or claims. If you need help, please contact your relevant workers’ compensation authority.

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