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SR 2002 No. 56 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Entities and Other Measures) Regulation 2016
Principal Regulations. These Regulations repeal the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 1990.
Administered by: Jobs and Small Business (part of the Jobs and Innovation portfolio)
Registered 26 Jul 2016
Start Date 01 Jul 2016
End Date 20 Apr 2018
Date of repeal 28 Mar 2019
Repealed by Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2019
Table of contents.

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2002

Statutory Rules No. 56, 2002

made under the

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Compilation No. 9

Compilation date:                              1 July 2016

Includes amendments up to:            F2016L00718

Registered:                                         26 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2002 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2016 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

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Self‑repealing provisions

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Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

1............ Name of Regulations........................................................................... 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 1990—repeal.. 1

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 1

Part 2—Compensation                                                                                                        2

5............ Index—annual increase in normal weekly earnings after cessation of employment  2

6............ Manner of calculating annual increase—indexation after cessation of employment  2

6A......... Index—annual increase in normal weekly earnings in certain other cases                2

6B......... Manner of calculating annual increase—indexation in certain other cases                3

Part 3—Approved rehabilitation program providers                                     4

7............ Renewal date....................................................................................... 4

8............ Processing fee for application for initial approval............................... 4

9............ Processing fee for application for renewal of approval....................... 4

Part 4—Application for grant of a licence                                                              5

10.......... Prescribed form................................................................................... 5

11.......... Prescribed particulars.......................................................................... 5

12.......... Prescribed documents and information............................................... 5

Part 5—Suspension and revocation of licences                                                    6

Division 5.1—Definitions for Part 5                                                                     6

12A....... Definitions.......................................................................................... 6

Division 5.2—Consequences of suspension or revocation of licence   7

12B....... Outline of Division............................................................................. 7

13.......... Consequences of suspension of licence—Commonwealth authorities 7

13A....... Money payable under guarantee—licence of Commonwealth authority suspended 8

14.......... Consequences of revocation of licence—Commonwealth authorities. 9

14A....... Money payable under guarantee—licence of Commonwealth authority revoked     10

14B....... Performance of employer functions following revocation of licence—Commonwealth authorities.......................................................................................................... 11

15.......... Consequences of revocation of licence—eligible corporations.......... 11

15A....... Money payable under guarantee—eligible corporations.................... 12

15B....... Performance of employer functions following revocation of licence—eligible corporations    14

15C....... Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 14

Part 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                                       15

16.......... Entities and principal officers............................................................ 15

17.......... Forms of medical treatment............................................................... 15

18.......... Fee for approved guide..................................................................... 15

19.......... Prescribed day for providing information to Comcare...................... 15

20.......... Appropriate officer—paragraph 114A(2)(b) of the Act.................... 15

Schedule 1—Forms                                                                                                     16

Form 1—Licence application                                                                                        16

Schedule 2—Particulars for application                                              18

Schedule 3—Documents and information for licence applications               19

Part 1—Financial and insurance details                                                                19

Part 2—Consultation                                                                                                         20

Part 3—Rehabilitation management                                                                        21

Part 4—Benefit delivery                                                                                                   22

Part 5—Preventive measures                                                                                        23

Part 6—Proposed arrangements to secure liabilities                                      24

Part 7—Employees to whom the licence will relate                                         25

Part 8—Claims management                                                                                        26

Schedule 4—Entities and principal officers                                     27

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    28

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                            28

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                29

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             30

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           31

 


Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Name of Regulations

                   These Regulations are the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2002 .

2  Commencement

             (1)  Subject to subregulation (2), these Regulations commence on 1 April 2002.

             (2)  Regulation 19 commences on 1 July 2002.

3  Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 1990—repeal

                   The following Statutory Rules are repealed:

                        ·  1990 No. 209

                        ·  1994 No. 258

                        ·  2001 No. 91.

4  Definitions

                   In these Regulations:

Act means the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

licensee includes a person who manages claims on behalf of the licensee.

quarter means a period of 3 months beginning on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October.

suspension period means the period specified in a notice under paragraph 106(1)(a) of the Act.

Part 2Compensation

  

5  Index—annual increase in normal weekly earnings after cessation of employment

                   For subsection 8(9B) of the Act, the Wage Price Index, Australia (Total hourly rates of pay—excluding bonuses/all Australia/all industries/all occupations) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is prescribed.

6  Manner of calculating annual increase—indexation after cessation of employment

                   For subsection 8(9B) of the Act, the further increase in normal weekly earnings mentioned in subsection 8(9D) of the Act is the amount (if any) calculated, to 3 decimal places and  rounded up to 2 decimal places, in accordance with the formula:

                  

                   where:

F is the greater of the following:

                     (a)  the number calculated, to 4 decimal places and rounded up to 3 decimal places, by dividing the index number by the previous index number;

                     (b)  1.000.

index number is the index number of the index mentioned in regulation 5 for the quarter that ended on 31 December in the year immediately before the indexation date.

PE is the normal weekly earnings that applied immediately before the indexation date.

previous index number is the index number of the index mentioned in regulation 5 for the quarter that ended on 31 December in the previous year.

Note:          Under the formula above, there will be a further increase in normal weekly earnings only if F is greater than 1.000.

6A  Index—annual increase in normal weekly earnings in certain other cases

                   For subsection 8(9F) of the Act, the Wage Price Index, Australia (Total hourly rates of pay—excluding bonuses/all Australia/all industries/all occupations) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is prescribed.

6B  Manner of calculating annual increase—indexation in certain other cases

                   For subsection 8(9G) of the Act, the further increase in normal weekly earnings mentioned in subsection 8(9F) is the amount (if any) calculated, to 3 decimal places and rounded up to 2 decimal places, in accordance with the formula:

                  

                   where:

F is the greater of the following:

                     (a)  the number calculated, to 4 decimal places and rounded up to 3 decimal places, by dividing the index number by the previous index number;

                     (b)  1.000.

index number is the index number of the index mentioned in regulation 6A for the quarter that ended on 31 December in the year immediately before the indexation date.

PE is the normal weekly earnings that applied immediately before the indexation date.

previous index number is the index number of the index mentioned in regulation 6A for the quarter that ended on 31 December in the previous year.

Note:          Under the formula above, there will be a further increase in normal weekly earnings only if F is greater than 1.000.

Part 3Approved rehabilitation program providers

  

7  Renewal date

                   For paragraph (b) of the definition of renewal date in section 34 of the Act, the following intervals are prescribed:

                     (a)  21 months after the first renewal date determined by the Minister under paragraph (a) of the definition of renewal date in section 34 of the Act;

                     (b)  each period of 3 years after the interval mentioned in paragraph (a).

8  Processing fee for application for initial approval

                   For subsection 34C(2) of the Act, the prescribed fee for processing an application for initial approval of a person as a rehabilitation program provider is $2 000.

9  Processing fee for application for renewal of approval

                   For subsection 34K(2) of the Act, the prescribed fee for processing an application for renewal of a person as a rehabilitation program provider is:

                     (a)  if the person provides a rehabilitation program in 1 State or Territory—$1 000; or

                     (b)  if the person provides a rehabilitation program in 2 or 3 States or Territories—$3 000; or

                     (c)  if the person provides a rehabilitation program in 4 or more States or Territories—$5 000.

Part 4Application for grant of a licence

  

10  Prescribed form

                   For paragraph 102(1)(a) of the Act, Form 1 in Schedule 1 is prescribed.

11  Prescribed particulars

                   For paragraph 102(1)(b) of the Act, the particulars mentioned in Schedule 2 are prescribed.

12  Prescribed documents and information

                   For paragraph 102(1)(c) of the Act, the following information and documents are prescribed:

                     (a)  the information and documents mentioned in Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Schedule 3;

                     (b)  for an application for a licence to accept liability—the information and documents mentioned in Part 6 of Schedule 3;

                     (c)  for an application for a licence in relation to only some of the applicant’s employees—the information mentioned in Part 7 of Schedule 3;

                     (d)  if the applicant will be responsible for managing claims by employees— the information mentioned in Part 8 of Schedule 3;

                     (e)  for an application by a Commonwealth authority, and not for a licence to accept liability—a certificate of coverage of its employees from Comcare;

                      (f)  for an application by a Commonwealth authority
or a former Commonwealth authority—details of its consultation with the portfolio Minister about the applicant’s intention to apply for a licence.

Part 5Suspension and revocation of licences

Division 5.1Definitions for Part 5

12A  Definitions

                   In this Part:

guarantee means a guarantee for the due discharge of a licensee’s liability to pay compensation and other amounts under the Act that is given by a bank or other body.

licensee includes a Commonwealth authority or eligible corporation that was a licensee immediately before its licence was suspended or revoked.

Division 5.2Consequences of suspension or revocation of licence

12B  Outline of Division

             (1)  For section 107A of the Act, this Division deals with:

                     (a)  the consequences of the suspension of a licence under section 106 of the Act (Commonwealth authorities only); and

                     (b)  the consequences of the revocation of a licence under section 106 or 107 of the Act (Commonwealth authorities or eligible corporations).

             (2)  Regulation 13 deals with the suspension of the licence of a Commonwealth authority.

             (3)  Regulation 13A deals with money payable under a guarantee in relation to a Commonwealth authority whose licence is suspended.

             (4)  Regulation 14 deals with the revocation of the licence of a Commonwealth authority.

             (5)  Regulation 14A deals with money payable under a guarantee in relation to a Commonwealth authority whose licence is revoked.

             (6)  Regulation 14B deals with arrangements for a person to perform the employer functions of a Commonwealth authority whose licence is revoked, if Comcare decides to make such arrangements.

             (7)  Regulation 15 deals with the revocation of the licence of an eligible corporation.

             (8)  Regulation 15A deals with money payable under a guarantee in relation to an eligible corporation whose licence is revoked, including the use of that money for management of claims.

             (9)  Regulation 15B deals with arrangements for a person to perform the employer functions of an eligible corporation whose licence is revoked, if Comcare decides to make such arrangements.

           (10)  Regulation 15C deals with compensation for the acquisition of property.

13  Consequences of suspension of licence—Commonwealth authorities

             (2)  If the licence authorises the licensee to accept liability under the Act for payments in respect of injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, any of its employees:

                     (a)  that liability is not affected by the suspension of the licence; and

                     (b)  during the suspension period, Comcare may discharge a liability mentioned in paragraph (a); and

                     (c)  the licensee must pay to Comcare the full amount of any liability discharged under paragraph (b), unless regulation 13A applies.

             (3)  If the licence authorises the licensee to accept responsibility to manage claims made by its employees:

                     (a)  during the suspension period:

                              (i)  the licensee must not manage those claims; and

                             (ii)  Comcare must manage those claims in the name of the licensee; and

                            (iii)  on receiving a claim, notice or other communication, or being served with any proceedings in relation to a claim, the licensee must give the claim, notice, communication or proceedings to Comcare; and

                            (iv)  the licensee must give to Comcare all documents, information and assistance reasonably required for Comcare to manage those claims; and

                     (b)  the licensee must pay to Comcare an amount determined by Comcare as the costs incurred by Comcare in managing claims under subparagraph (a)(ii), unless regulation 13A applies; and

                     (c)  Comcare is not liable to the licensee for any act or omission in managing claims under subparagraph (a)(ii).

Note:          Under section 15 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Directions 2002, the Commission may suspend a licence held by a Commonwealth authority, but may not suspend a licence held by an eligible corporation.

13A  Money payable under guarantee—licence of Commonwealth authority suspended

             (1)  This regulation applies if the Commission makes a demand for payment under a guarantee that is in force relating to a Commonwealth authority whose licence is suspended.

             (2)  The money payable in response to the demand (guarantee money) must be paid to Comcare.

             (3)  Comcare must pay all guarantee money it receives into a separate bank account until the money can be dealt with in accordance with this regulation.

Note:          Money that is not immediately required for the purposes of Comcare may be invested: see section 59 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with investment by corporate Commonwealth entities).

             (4)  To avoid doubt, Comcare holds guarantee money on its own account and not on behalf of the Commission or the Commonwealth.

             (5)  Comcare may use guarantee money to do any of the following:

                     (a)  discharge a liability mentioned in subregulation 13(2);

                     (b)  meet a cost mentioned in paragraph 13(3)(b);

                     (c)  reimburse itself if it has discharged a liability of that kind or met a cost of that kind without using guarantee money.

             (6)  If, after the end of the suspension period, Comcare determines that:

                     (a)  there are unlikely to be any further outgoings of guarantee money under subregulation (5); and

                     (b)  there is any guarantee money remaining;

Comcare must deal with the remaining money in the way provided for in the guarantee.

             (7)  However, if the guarantee does not make any provision about how the remaining money is to be dealt with, Comcare must pay the remaining money:

                     (a)  to the Commonwealth authority; or

                     (b)  if the Commonwealth authority no longer exists:

                              (i)  in accordance with any legislation that makes provision about the distribution of the assets of the former Commonwealth authority; or

                             (ii)  in any other case—to the bank or other body that paid the money to Comcare.

14  Consequences of revocation of licence—Commonwealth authorities

             (2)  If the licence authorised the licensee to accept liability under the Act for payments in respect of injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, any of its employees:

                     (a)  the licensee ceases to be liable under the Act for payments in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by, or death of, an employee occurring on or after the date when the licence is revoked; and

                     (b)  the licensee remains liable under the Act for payments in respect of injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, an employee occurring before the licence was revoked; and

                     (c)  Comcare may discharge a liability mentioned in paragraph (b); and

                     (d)  the licensee must pay to Comcare the full amount of any liability discharged by Comcare under paragraph (c), unless regulation 14A applies.

             (3)  If the licence authorised the licensee to manage claims:

                     (a)  the licensee must not manage a claim in respect of an injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, any of its employees, whenever occurring; and

                     (b)  Comcare must manage any claims mentioned in paragraph (a); and

                     (c)  the licensee must:

                              (i)  on receiving a claim or a notice or communication about a claim—give the claim, notice or communication to Comcare; and

                             (ii)  give Comcare all documents, information and assistance reasonably required for Comcare to manage claims by employees of the licensee; and

                     (d)  the licensee must pay to Comcare an amount determined by Comcare as the costs incurred by Comcare in managing claims in respect of an injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, any of its employees that occurred while the licensee held a licence, unless regulation 14A applies.

             (4)  An act done, decision made or notice or communication given, received or made by the licensee in managing a claim is taken to have been done, made, given or received by Comcare.

             (5)  If the licensee was a party to a proceedings on a matter arising under the Act that had not been completed on the date of revocation, Comcare is taken for all purposes to be the party to those proceedings in place of the licensee.

             (6)  The Act continues to apply to the licensee and its employees.

             (7)  Comcare is liable under the Act for payments in respect of injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, an employee of the licensee occurring on or after the date of revocation.

             (8)  The licensee is liable to pay premiums under the Act in respect of liability mentioned in subregulation (7).

14A  Money payable under guarantee—licence of Commonwealth authority revoked

             (1)  This regulation applies if the Commission makes a demand for payment under a guarantee that is in force relating to a Commonwealth authority whose licence is revoked.

             (2)  The money payable in response to the demand (guarantee money) must be paid to Comcare.

             (3)  Comcare must pay all guarantee money it receives into a separate bank account until the money can be dealt with in accordance with this regulation.

Note:          Money that is not immediately required for the purposes of Comcare may be invested: see section 59 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with investment by corporate Commonwealth entities).

             (4)  To avoid doubt, Comcare holds guarantee money on its own account and not on behalf of the Commission or the Commonwealth.

             (5)  Comcare may use guarantee money to do any of the following:

                     (a)  discharge a liability mentioned in paragraph 14(2)(b);

                     (b)  meet a cost mentioned in paragraph 14(3)(d);

                     (c)  reimburse itself if it has discharged a liability of that kind or met a cost of that kind without using guarantee money;

                     (d)  reimburse itself for the cost of any arrangements made by it under subregulation 14B(1) that is not paid directly to Comcare by the Commonwealth authority.

             (6)  If Comcare has received an actuarial report assessing the total value of any amounts of a kind mentioned in paragraph (5)(a), (b) or (d) that are likely to become payable in the future, Comcare may take from the guarantee money an amount equal to the assessment.

             (7)  If Comcare determines that:

                     (a)  there are unlikely to be any further outgoings of guarantee money under subregulations (5) and (6); and

                     (b)  there is any guarantee money remaining;

Comcare must deal with the remaining money in the way provided for in the guarantee.

             (8)  However, if the guarantee does not make any provision about how the remaining money is to be dealt with, Comcare must pay the remaining money:

                     (a)  to the Commonwealth authority; or

                     (b)  if the Commonwealth authority no longer exists:

                              (i)  in accordance with any legislation that makes provision about the distribution of the assets of the former Commonwealth authority; or

                             (ii)  in any other case—to the bank or other body that paid the money to Comcare.

14B  Performance of employer functions following revocation of licence—Commonwealth authorities

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  the Commission revokes the licence of a Commonwealth authority; and

                     (b)  Comcare considers that it would be appropriate to do so;

Comcare may arrange for the employer functions of the Commonwealth authority in relation to affected employees to be performed by a person:

                     (c)  whom it considers suitable to perform those functions; and

                     (d)  who is willing to enter into an arrangement with Comcare for the performance of the functions.

             (2)  In this regulation:

affected employee means an employee to whom a liability mentioned in paragraph 14(2)(b) relates.

employer functions, in relation to an affected employee, are the following:

                     (a)  acting as the rehabilitation authority for the employee;

                     (b)  acting as the relevant employer, within the meaning of subsection 40(2) of the Act, of the employee;

                     (c)  acting for the Commonwealth authority in making:

                              (i)  a request for reconsideration of a determination under paragraph 62(2)(c) of the Act; or

                             (ii)  an application for review of a reviewable decision under paragraph 64(1)(c) of the Act.

15  Consequences of revocation of licence—eligible corporations

             (2)  If the licence authorised the licensee to accept liability under the Act for payments in respect of injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, any of its employees:

                     (a)  the licensee ceases to be liable under the Act for payments in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by, or death of, an employee occurring on or after the date when the licence is revoked; and

                     (b)  the licensee remains liable under the Act for payments in respect of injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, an employee occurring before the licence was revoked.

             (3)  If the licence authorised the licensee to accept responsibility to manage claims:

                     (a)  the licensee must manage a claim in respect of an injury, loss or damage suffered by, or the death of, an employee occurring before the revocation; and

                     (b)  the licensee must not manage a claim in respect of any injury, loss, damage or death occurring on or after the date of revocation; and

                     (c)  the licensee remains a party to proceedings in respect of any matter arising under the Act that had not been completed on the date of revocation.

             (4)  Except as provided by subregulations (2) and (3):

                     (a)  the Act ceases to apply to the licensee and its employees; and

                     (b)  the laws of the States and Territories providing for workers’ compensation apply to the licensee.

15A  Money payable under guarantee—eligible corporations

             (1)  This regulation applies if:

                     (a)  the Commission makes a demand for payment under
a guarantee that is in force relating to an eligible corporation; and

                     (b)  the licence of the eligible corporation is revoked:

                              (i)  at the initiative of the Commission under paragraph 106(1)(b) of the Act; or

                             (ii)  at the request of the eligible corporation under section 107 of the Act.

             (2)  The money payable in response to the demand (guarantee money) must be paid to Comcare.

             (3)  Comcare must pay all guarantee money it receives into a separate bank account until the money can be dealt with in accordance with this regulation.

Note:          Money that is not immediately required for the purposes of Comcare may be invested: see section 59 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with investment by corporate Commonwealth entities).

             (4)  To avoid doubt, Comcare holds guarantee money on its own account and not on behalf of the Commission or the Commonwealth.

             (5)  Comcare may take from the guarantee money:

                     (a)  any amounts needed:

                              (i)  to discharge any liability mentioned in paragraph 15(2)(b) that it decides to discharge; and

                             (ii)  to meet claims management costs, for any claims mentioned in paragraph 15(3)(a) (relevant claims) that it decides to manage or arrange to be managed, that are not paid directly to Comcare by the eligible corporation; and

                            (iii)  to enable Comcare to meet the cost of any arrangement mentioned in subregulation 15B(1) that it decides to make; and

                     (b)  if Comcare has received an actuarial report assessing
the total value of any amounts needed for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (a) that are likely to become payable in the future—an amount equal to the assessment.

             (6)  If Comcare determines that:

                     (a)  there are unlikely to be any further outgoings of guarantee money under subregulation (5); and

                     (b)  there is any guarantee money remaining;

Comcare must deal with the remaining money in the way provided for in the guarantee.

             (7)  However, if the guarantee does not make any provision about how the remaining money is to be dealt with, Comcare must pay the remaining money:

                     (a)  to the eligible corporation; or

                     (b)  if the eligible corporation no longer exists:

                              (i)  in accordance with any legislation that makes provision about the distribution of the assets of the former eligible corporation; or

                             (ii)  in any other case—to the bank or other body that paid the money to Comcare.

             (8)  Comcare may decide:

                     (a)  to manage relevant claims; or

                     (b)  to arrange for some, or all, relevant claims to be managed by a person:

                              (i)  whom it considers suitable to manage the claims; and

                             (ii)  who is willing to enter into an arrangement with Comcare for the management of the claims.

             (9)  If Comcare manages a relevant claim under paragraph (8)(a), Comcare must determine an amount as the costs incurred by Comcare in managing the claim.

           (10)  Each of the following is a claims management cost:

                     (a)  the cost of an arrangement mentioned in subparagraph (8)(b)(ii);

                     (b)  the amount mentioned in subregulation (9).

           (11)  The eligible corporation must:

                     (a)  on receiving a relevant claim or a notice or communication about a relevant claim—give the claim, notice or communication to Comcare; and

                     (b)  give Comcare all documents, information and assistance reasonably required for Comcare to manage the relevant claim.

15B  Performance of employer functions following revocation of licence—eligible corporations

             (1)  Comcare may arrange for the employer functions in relation to affected employees of an eligible corporation whose licence is revoked to be performed by a person:

                     (a)  whom it considers suitable to perform those functions; and

                     (b)  who is willing to enter into an arrangement with Comcare for the performance of the functions.

             (2)  In this regulation:

affected employee means an employee to whom a liability mentioned in paragraph 15(2)(b) relates.

employer functions, in relation to an affected employee, are the following:

                     (a)  acting as the rehabilitation authority for the employee;

                     (b)  acting as the relevant employer, within the meaning of subsection 40(2) of the Act, of the employee.

15C  Compensation for acquisition of property

             (1)  If the payment of money by Comcare under subregulation 14A (7) or (8) or 15A(6) or (7) results in the acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms, the Commonwealth is liable to pay a reasonable amount of compensation to the person.

             (2)  If the Commonwealth and the person do not agree on the amount of compensation, the person may start proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction for recovery from the Commonwealth of such reasonable amount of compensation as the court determines.

             (3)  In determining a reasonable amount of compensation under this regulation, regard must be had to any amount of compensation paid or payable to the person in relation to the acquisition by a person other than the Commonwealth.

             (4)  In this regulation:

acquisition of property has the same meaning as in paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

just terms has the same meaning as in paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

Part 6Miscellaneous

  

16  Entities and principal officers

             (1)  For paragraph (c) of the definition of Entity in subsection 4(1) of the Act, each person, body, organisation or group of persons mentioned in an item of Schedule 4 is prescribed.

             (2)  For paragraph (c) of the definition of principal officer, in relation to an Entity, in subsection 4(1) of the Act, the principal officer of an Entity mentioned in column 2 of Schedule 4 is the person from time to time holding or acting in the office mentioned in column 3 in relation to that Entity.

17  Forms of medical treatment

             (1)  For paragraph (i) of the definition of medical treatment in subsection 4(1) of the Act, therapeutic treatment by, or under the supervision of, any of the following persons is prescribed:

                     (a)  an occupational therapist;

                     (b)  an optometrist;

                     (c)  a podiatrist;

                     (d)  a psychologist;

                     (e)  a speech therapist.

             (2)  For subregulation (1), the person must be:

                     (a)  registered under the law of a State or Territory providing for the registration of persons of that kind; or

                     (b)  if there is no such law, a member of a relevant professional association.

18  Fee for approved guide

                   For subsection 28(8) of the Act, the fee is $30.

19  Prescribed day for providing information to Comcare

                   For the definition of prescribed day in subsection 97F(3) of the Act, 31 March is prescribed for 2003 and each subsequent year.

20  Appropriate officer—paragraph 114A(2)(b) of the Act

                   For paragraph 114A(2)(b) of the Act, the Chief of the Defence Force is the appropriate officer in relation to a member of the Defence Force.


Schedule 1Forms

(regulation 10)

Form 1Licence application

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF LICENCE

 

To:       The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

            GPO Box 9905

            CANBERRA  ACT  2601

 

I, …………………………………………………………………………………

(principal officer)

of …………………………………….…………...………………(the applicant)

(name of applicant)

 

apply to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (the Commission) for the grant of a licence to the applicant under section 102 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the Act).

 

SCOPE OF LICENCE

 

The applicant applies for a licence with the following scope:

(delete whichever is not applicable)

             (a)  a licence to accept liability to pay compensation and other amounts under the Act in respect of particular injury, loss or damage suffered by, or in respect of the death of, some or all employees;

AND/OR

             (b)  a licence authorising the licensee to manage some or all of the claims by employees of the licensee.

Note:          An eligible corporation must apply to the Commission for a licence with scope for both acceptance of liability and acceptance of the management of claims—see subsection 98A(3) of the Act.

 

The applicant applies for a licence to apply to:

(delete whichever is not applicable)

             (a)  some of its employees; OR

             (b)  all of its employees.

 

PARTICULARS AND INFORMATION

 

Insert here the particulars of the applicant and information to be contained in the application as prescribed by regulations 11 and 12 under paragraphs 102(1)(b) and (c) of the Act.

Note:          The applicant must attach to this application the documents prescribed by regulations under paragraph 102(1)(c) of the Act.

 

The applicant certifies that the particulars and information provided are correct and that any copies of documents provided are true copies of the originals of those documents.

 

UNDERTAKINGS

 

The applicant undertakes to pay to Comcare the application fee equal to the amount estimated by the Commission to be the cost of considering the application in accordance with subsection 102(2) of the Act.

 

If a licence is granted to the applicant, the applicant undertakes to:

·           comply with the requirements of the Act that apply to it; and

·           comply with any conditions laid down in the Act and any conditions that may be determined from time to time by the Commission; and

·           pay to Comcare the licence fee determined by the Commission; and

·           comply with any Commission guidelines issued under the Act.

 

(signature of  principal officer)

 

(signature of witness)

 

(date of application)

 

(date witnessed)

Schedule 2Particulars for application

(regulation 11)

  

 

Item

Detail

1

The full name of the applicant

2

The business name (if any) used by the applicant, and the date and place of registration of such business name

3

The applicant’s ABN

4

The full street address and postal address of the applicant’s principal office, and of any other registered office

5

The name, telephone number and facsimile number of an officer nominated by the applicant for communication relating to the application

6

If the applicant is a Commonwealth authority—the name of the Act by which it is established

7

If the applicant is an eligible corporation:

(a) the date and place of incorporation; and

(b) the names and shareholdings of:

(i) if there are more than 10 shareholders—each of the 10 principal shareholders; or

(ii) if there are 10 shareholders or less—each shareholder

8

The names of the directors or members of the governing body (if any) of the applicant

9

An organisational chart setting out:

(a) the structure of the applicant; and

(b) the subsidiaries (if any) of the applicant

10

The total number of employees, disaggregated by location and structure

11

The total salary and wage expenditure for the last financial year, disaggregated by location and structure

Schedule 3Documents and information for licence applications

(regulation 12)

Part 1Financial and insurance details

 

Item

Document or information

1

A summary of financial statements:

(a) if the applicant has been established for more than 5 years—for the last 5 years; or

(b) if the applicant has been established for less than 5 years—for the period since the applicant was first established or incorporated

2

Copies of full annual reports and audited financial statements:

(a) if the applicant has been established for more than 5 years—for the last 5 years; or

(b) if the applicant has been established for less than 5 years—for the period since the applicant was first established or incorporated

3

A copy of the consolidated financial statements for the year to date

4

If employees are not currently covered under the Act—details of the applicant’s current arrangements to meet workers’ compensation liabilities

5

A statement by:

(a) the directors or members of the governing body (if any); or

(b) if there are no directors or governing body, the principal officer;

of any event or likely event that may affect the applicant’s suitability to hold a licence, including details of any likely change to the legal structure or ownership of the applicant and the effect of any such change on the workers’ compensation entitlements of the applicant’s employees

6

A statement by a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia of the liabilities that the applicant is likely to incur over the first 12 months of the period of the licence

Part 2Consultation

 

Item

Information or document

1

Evidence of consulting employees about the applicant’s intention to apply for a licence

Examples

•     any written notice to employees or employee representatives of that intention

•     any written responses to the notices

•     any minutes of any consultative meetings

Part 3Rehabilitation management

 

Item

Information or document

1

The proposed arrangements for the rehabilitation and return to work of injured employees

2

A copy of the applicant’s rehabilitation policy (if any)

3

The existing or proposed arrangements for ensuring that management and staff are aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to rehabilitation

4

The proposed number, location, classification and expertise of staff with responsibility for rehabilitation case management

5

The proposed arrangements for training rehabilitation case managers

6

A copy of the applicant’s policy (if any) in relation to the redeployment of injured employees

7

A report of the applicant’s achievements in relation to injured employee rehabilitation and return to work programs during the 12 months before the date of the application

Part 4Benefit delivery

 

Item

Information or document

1

The proposed procedures for paying compensation to injured employees, dependants of deceased employees, providers of medical treatment and other recipients

2

How the timely processing of decisions will be assured

3

The administrative practices that will be put in place to maintain confidentiality of claims payment information and to restrict access to claims and payment information

4

Details of the data management system to be used and data to be kept

5

The proposed number, location, classification and expertise of staff who will perform the claims payment function

Part 5Preventive measures

 

Item

Information or document

1

A copy of the applicant’s occupational health and safety policy

2

Documentation of risk management strategies that address the applicant’s duty of care to employees

Part 6Proposed arrangements to secure liabilities

 

Item

Information or document

1

Whether, for the purpose of securing its liabilities under the Act, the applicant will:

(a) arrange for a guarantee acceptable to the Commission to be provided and secure appropriate reinsurance; or

(b) lodge securities guaranteed by the Commonwealth or a State or Territory and secure appropriate reinsurance; or

(c) arrange for a guarantee acceptable to the Commission to be provided and lodge securities guaranteed by a Commonwealth or a State or Territory and secure appropriate reinsurance arrangements; or

(d) establish a captive insurance company (as a wholly owned subsidiary), incorporated or to be incorporated in Australia

2

If the applicant states that it will arrange for a guarantee acceptable to the Commission to be provided and secure appropriate reinsurance:

(a) details of the proposed guarantee and reinsurance arrangements, including the name of the issuing body, name of the insurer and amounts of the guarantee and reinsurance; and

(b) a copy of the proposed guarantee and reinsurance policy

3

If the applicant states that it will lodge securities guaranteed by the Commonwealth or a State or Territory and secure appropriate reinsurance:

(a) details of the nature of the proposed securities and reinsurance arrangements, including the name of the insurer and face value of the securities and amount of reinsurance; and

(b) a copy of the proposed reinsurance policy

4

If the applicant states that it will arrange for a guarantee acceptable to the Commission to be provided and lodge securities guaranteed by a Commonwealth or a State or Territory and secure appropriate reinsurance arrangements, the information and documents mentioned in items 2 and 3

5

If the applicant states that it will establish a captive insurance company:

(a) the name or proposed name of the captive insurance company; and

(b) the date and place when the captive insurance company was incorporated or is proposed to be incorporated; and

(c) a copy of the proposed contract between the applicant and the captive insurance company.

Note:       A captive insurance company mentioned in items 1 and 5 will be subject to the Insurance Act 1973 and to regulation by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority under the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 and the Insurance Act 1973.

Part 7Employees to whom the licence will relate

 

Item

Information or document

1

A description of the employees to whom the licence will relate, disaggregated by location and structure

2

The number of employees to whom the licence will relate, disaggregated by location and structure

3

Details of the workers’ compensation arrangements that are to apply to its other employees

Part 8Claims management

 

Item

Information or document

1

Whether the applicant proposes to manage claims by employees within the applicant, or by engaging another person for that purpose

2

If the applicant proposes to engage another person to manage claims:

(a) the name of the person to be engaged; and

(b) a statement of capacity and credentials of the person to manage claims and of the arrangements proposed for the management of claims by the person

3

The proposed number, location, classification and expertise of staff who will manage claims

4

The proposed administrative procedures for ensuring that employees are aware of their rights and of the process for lodging claims for compensation

5

The proposed procedures for lodging and deciding claims for compensation

6

The proposed administrative and financial limitations for each level of claim managers

7

The proposed arrangements for training claims management staff

8

Details of the system that will be used to manage and monitor claims and to provide management information on the performance of the claims management function

9

The proposed arrangements for developing and implementing policy, practices and procedures, including arrangements for consulting employees

10

The proposed arrangements for ensuring the confidentiality and security of claims management information in individual claims, including:

(a) whether the applicant is subject to the information privacy principles, national privacy principles or any approved privacy code under the Privacy Act 1988; and

(b) a copy of the applicant’s personal information policy (if any)

11

The proposed policy on the use of covert surveillance in claims management, with particular reference to Part 2 of the ‘Covert surveillance in Commonwealth administration: Guidelines’ (relating to the use of covert surveillance in the management of claims under the Act) published by the Federal Privacy Commissioner in February 1992

12

The proposed arrangements and procedures for the reconsideration and review of decisions, including:

(a) the location, classification and expertise of persons who will have responsibility for those functions; and

(b) the situation of those persons within the applicant or external agency in relation to the primary decision makers

Note:       The Guidelines mentioned in item 11 can be found on the Privacy Commissioner’s website at http://www.privacy.gov.au/publications/covertsurveillance.doc.

Schedule 4Entities and principal officers

(regulation 16)

  

 

Item

Entity

Principal officer

1

Australian Federal Police, comprising:

(a) the Commissioner of Police; and

(b) any Deputy Commissioner of Police; and

(c) AFP employees; and

(d) special members

Commissioner of Police

2

Australian Secret Intelligence Service, comprising:

(a) the Director‑General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service; and

(b) persons employed by the Director‑General

Director‑General

3

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, comprising:

(a) the Director‑General of Security; and

(b) persons employed under section 84 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979

Director‑General of Security

4

Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology

Director

5

Commonwealth Grants Commission

Chairperson

8

High Court of Australia, comprising:

(a) the Chief Executive and Principal Registrar of the High Court; and

(b) officers and employees engaged or appointed under section 26 of the High Court of Australia Act 1979

Chief Executive and Principal Registrar

9

Murray‑Darling Basin Commission, comprising:

(a) the President appointed under clause 20 of the Agreement in Schedule 1 to the Murray‑Darling Basin Commission Act 1993; and

(b) the Commissioners appointed under clause 20 of that Agreement

President

10

National Archives of Australia

Director‑General

11

Office of Official Secretary to the Governor‑General, comprising:

(a) the Official Secretary; and

(b) persons employed under section 13 of the Governor‑General Act 1974 as members of the Governor‑General’s staff

Official Secretary

13

Australian Civilian Corps, comprising persons engaged as employees under subsection 19(1) of the Australian Civilian Corps Act 2011

Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Number and year

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

56, 2002

28 March 2002

r 19: 1 July 2002 (r 2(2))
Remainder: 1 Apr 2002 (r 2(1))

 

233, 2005

24 Oct 2005 (F2005L03091)

25 Oct 2005 (s 2)

297, 2006

17 Nov 2006 (F2006L03691)

1 Dec 2006 (s 2)

87, 2008

3 June 2008 (F2008L01678)

4 June 2008 (s 2)

126, 2008

26 June 2008 (F2008L02212)

27 June 2008 (s 2)

336, 2009

25 Nov 2009 (F2009L04329)

26 Nov 2009 (s 2)

193, 2010

30 June 2010 (F2010L01881)

1 July 2010 (s 2)

94, 2011

21 June 2011 (F2011L01094)

22 June 2011 (s 2)

242, 2013

25 Nov 2013 (F2013L01972)

Sch 1 (items 4, 5): 26 Nov 2013 (s 2)

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Entities and Other Measures) Regulation 2016

9 May 2016 (F2016L00718)

Sch 1: 1 July 2016 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 2

 

r. 5............................................

am. 2008 No. 126

r. 6A.........................................

ad. 2008 No. 126

r. 6B..........................................

ad. 2008 No. 126

Part 3

 

r. 8............................................

am. 2006 No. 297

 

rs. 2009 No. 336

r. 9............................................

am. 2006 No. 297

 

rs. 2009 No. 336

Part 5

 

Division 5.1

 

r. 12A.......................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

Division 5.2

 

r. 12B........................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

r. 13..........................................

am. 2008 No. 87

r. 13A.......................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

 

am F2016L00718

r. 14..........................................

am. 2008 No. 87

r. 14A.......................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

 

am F2016L00718

r. 14B........................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

r. 15..........................................

am. 2008 No. 87

r. 15A.......................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

 

am F2016L00718

r. 15B........................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

r. 15C........................................

ad. 2008 No. 87

Part 6

 

r. 18..........................................

am. 2005 No. 233

Schedule 3

 

Schedule 3................................

am. 2008 No. 87

Schedule 4

 

Schedule 4................................

am. 2010 No. 193; 2011 No. 94; No 242, 2013; F2016L00718