Age limit to be considered in the review of federal workers’ compo scheme

Several provisions including age limit of Comcare’s workers compensation scheme legislation: the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) is under review as part of the modernisation of the federal workers’ compensation scheme. The modernisation aims to ensure injured workers are given opportunity to return to health, independence and work as quickly as possible.

Mr Peter Hanks QC and Dr Allan Hawke AC will conduct the review supported by a Secretariat in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Three key aspects will be considered during the review:

  • Updating the legislation and the operation of the scheme, including any legislative anomalies and updates that need to be addressed
  • The performance of the Comcare scheme and ways to improve its operation
  • The financial and governance framework of the Comcare scheme

Part of the review will inquire and report on “ensuring the application of workers’ compensation legislation does not disadvantage workers over the age of 65 and there is no gap between the workers’ compensation age limit and the foreshadowed increase to the age pension eligibility age to 67 by 2023.”

The review is expected to be finalised by 1 February 2013.


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