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Issue 386 - 5 December 2013

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Comcare moratorium lifted
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Comcare moratorium lifted

The Federal Government announced this week that the moratorium on private corporations seeking to become self-insurers under the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme has been lifted.

The Former ALP government imposed the moratorium in 2007.

Private corporations can now submit an application to the Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz to determine if they are eligible to apply for a workers’ compensation self-insurance licence under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

To be eligible, applicants must satisfy the Minister that they are in competition with a current or former Commonwealth authority.

The minister may also consider other factors, including the likely impact of a self-insurance licence on employees and the corporation.

If a corporation is eligible, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission will then consider the suitability of the applicant to hold a licence.

For more details, visit the Department of Employment

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