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Minister announces terms of reference for Comcare review.
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Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion 23 January, 2008
Minister Announces Terms Of Reference For Comcare Review
The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has today announced the terms of reference for a
review of the Comcare scheme and has invited written submissions from interested parties.
The Comcare scheme provides workers’ compensation and OHS arrangements for Australian Government
employees and for the employees of certain private corporations which self-insure under the scheme.
The purpose of the review is to ensure that Comcare is a suitable OHS and worker’ compensation system for
self insurers and their employees.
With the expansion of the types of industries covered by the Comcare scheme in 2006, the Rudd Government
is particularly concerned that all employees covered under the scheme are protected by rigorous OHS
safeguards and appropriate workers’ compensation benefits.
Following the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission meeting on 12 December 2007, there are
now 19 licensed self-insurers, with a further 15 corporations eligible to apply for a licence to self-insure.
The Government wants to hear the views of stakeholders and so will undertake national consultation with
relevant groups prior to the review finalising its recommendations.
Written submissions can be forwarded to the Commonwealth Safety and Compensation Policy Branch,
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Loc 64N31, GPO Box 9879, Canberra ACT
2601 or emailed to ComcareReview@dewr.gov.au by 29 February 2008.
A report will be provided to the Minister by the end of July 2008.
Terms of reference for the Comcare review
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