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The Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions, pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.
Information on Caretaker Conventions can be found on the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Workers' compensation

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act) establishes the Commonwealth workers' compensation and rehabilitation scheme.

The SRC Act covers employees of the Commonwealth, Commonwealth authorities, the Australian Capital Territory Government and a small number of private corporations, which self-insure their workers' compensation liabilities under the scheme.

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 can be found on the Australian Government's Federal Register of Legislation website.

For further information about the Comcare scheme or the SRC Act, you can contact us at

Please note that information provided by phone or email will be of a general nature only. The department cannot provide legal advice or personal or case specific information.

For further information regarding claims under the Comcare scheme, visit the Comcare website.

Firefighter provisions of the SRC Act

On 7 December 2011, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Act 2011 amended the disease provisions contained in section 7 of the SRC Act to include presumptive provisions for some cancers suffered by firefighters. The department has commenced a review of these provisions.