Workcover Legislation by State

Workcover legislation by state – australia

It is extremely important that all injured folks out there remember at all times that all our Australian states and territories, and the Commonwealth have legislated for workers compensation, meaning that every state as well as the Commonwealth (Comcare) have a different workcover law!

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.

Click  here for a (2017) comparison of workcover schemes in each state (PDF)

Click here for a snapshot overview of key benefits in each state

 

Workcover legislation by state

 

NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW)

SIRA

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AUSTRALIAN CAPTITAL TERRITORY (ACT)

WorkSafe ACT

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)

NORTHERN TERRITORU (NT)

 

NT WorkSafe

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National workers compensation legislation table (2018)

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Updated July 2019

 


 

The relevant Workers Compensation Act for each State and Territory:

Federal

The legislative basis for the Commonwealth Government’s compensation scheme is the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act).
Comcare is the relevant government agency charged with administering this legislation. The full text of the legislation is at:
Private industry shipping registered in Australia or in relation to which there is a clear business link (eg owner is a business operating in Australia and seafarers are mostly Australian residents are regulated by the

ACT

The legislative basis for the Australian Capital Territory Government’s compensation scheme is the Workers Compensation Act 1951.

WorkSafe ACT is the relevant government agency responsible for administering this legislation. WorkCover provides both the inspectorate and an advisory service. The full text of the legislation is at:
This legislation applies to private industry employees and ACT government agency employees working in the Australian Capital Territory.

NSW
Two main Acts together form the basis of the workers compensation and injury management system in NSW:
WorkCover NSW is the agency which administers these Acts and Regulations.

Northern Territory
The main legislative basis for the Northern Territory workers compensation scheme is provided by:
NT WorkSafe is the statutory authority charged with administering the workers compensation and rehabilitation scheme for the Northern Territory.

Queensland
The legislative basis for the Queensland Government’s workers compensation scheme is provided by:
WorkCover Queensland exclusively manages the workers compensation fund, except for self-insurers. Self-insurers are generally large corporations with the means and the organisational structure to manage their own risk and claims.
Q-COMP (the Workers Compensation Regulatory Authority of Queensland) is the regulator of the Queensland workers compensation scheme, and is a separate and autonomous statutory authority. Monitoring and assessment of Q-COMP and WorkCover Queensland is performed by the Qld Department of Industrial Relations, Workplace Health and Safety Division.

South Australia
The legislative basis for the South Australian workers compensation scheme is provided by:
WorkCover SA is the statutory authority charged with administering the workers compensation and rehabilitation scheme for South Australia.

Tasmania
The legislative basis for the Tasmanian workers compensation scheme is provided by:
WorkCover Tasmania is the statutory authority charged with administering the workers compensation and rehabilitation scheme for Tasmania. WorkCover also controls and administers the Workers Compensation Fund.

Victoria
The legislative basis for the Victorian Government’s compensation scheme is provided by the following Acts and Regulations:
WorkSafe Victoria is the relevant government agency responsible for administering this legislation. WorkSafe provides both the inspectorate and an advisory service.

Western Australia
The main legislative basis for the Western Australian workers compensation scheme is provided by:
WorkCover WA is the statutory authority charged with administering the workers compensation and rehabilitation scheme for Western Australia. WorkCover also monitors compliance with the scheme and the performance of service providers in the scheme.