Work health & safety

You need to understand your Work Health and Safety (WHS) obligations and responsibilities, set up your workers’ compensation insurance arrangements and be ready to support an employee if they are injured at work.

Comcare is the national work health and safety and workers’ compensation authority. They are a government regulator, insurer, claims manager and scheme administrator. They promote and enable safe and healthy work through engagements with employers, workers, and unions.

Topics covered in this section of the guide:

  • Obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Establishing workers' compensation insurance
  • Your obligations as a Rehabilitation Authority

Useful resources and contact information are available in the table below.


Key Tasks





Understand your obligations and responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).

The WHS Act imposes duties on entities and officials to ensure workers are provided with a safe and healthy workplace and that risks to health and safety are eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable

Your entity will need to ensure that it has systems, resources and processes in place to meet these duties. Your entity will be required to pay a regulatory contribution to Comcare.

1300 366 979

Establish your workers’ compensation insurance under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).

The Comcare scheme provides a comprehensive package of benefits to assist an employee to recover from a workplace injury. Your entity will be required to pay a workers’ compensation premium to Comcare.


Comcare will allocate an account manager to your entity.

1300 366 979

Understand your obligations and responsibilities as a Rehabilitation Authority under the SRC Act.

Your entity is responsible for managing the recovery and return to work of an injured employee. The return to work process involves rehabilitation case managers and other stakeholders helping an employee to return to work after they have experienced a workplace injury. You will need to put case manager delegations in place.

1300 366 97


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