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Agency overview
Formed 1988
Jurisdiction Australian Federal Government
Employees 738 (at April 2013)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Jennifer Taylor, CEO

Comcare is a statutory authority of the Australian Federal Government established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988[2] (SRC Act) and covered by the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997[3] (CAC Act). Comcare administers the Commonwealth's workers' compensation scheme under the SRC[2] Act; and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011[4] (OHS Act).

The department is headquartered in Canberra, and has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.

Comcare also provides secretariat, policy and legislative support to Seacare - the Seafarers' Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority - in administering the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992, the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993, the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Act 1992, and the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992.

Comcare provides advice to the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on issues relating to the administration of the Commonwealth's occupational health and safety and workers' compensation frameworks.

Comcare’s vision statement is "Australia’s Safest Workplaces", and the mission statement is "To work in partnership with our customers to reduce the human and financial costs of workplace injuries and disease in the jurisdiction".

Comcare has identified three key result areas achieving safe and healthy workplaces, early and safe return to work and accessible and affordable compensation.


  1. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13 (PDF), Australian Public Service Commission, p. 254, archived (PDF) from the original on 6 December 2013 
  2. ^ a b Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, Commonwealth of Australia Law
  3. ^ Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, Commonwealth of Australia Law
  4. ^ Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991, Commonwealth of Australia Law

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Coordinates: 35°16′34.90″S 149°07′41.94″E / 35.2763611°S 149.1283167°E / -35.2763611; 149.1283167