Comcare exit bill in Senate, Seacare bill passes

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Comcare exit bill in Senate, Seacare bill passes

A bill to ensure injured employees continue to receive support in event their employer leaves the Comcare scheme has progressed in federal parliament. Meanwhile, a bill clarifying the coverage of the Seacare scheme has passed.

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A bill to ensure injured employees continue to receive support in the event their employer leaves the Comcare scheme has progressed in federal parliament. Meanwhile, a bill clarifying the coverage of the Seacare scheme has passed. 

Comcare exit arrangements 


The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Exit Arrangements) Bill 2015 (Cth) has passed the House of Representatives and is now being debated in the Senate. 

The bill was introduced into the House of Representatives by Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker on 26 February. 

Its amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to provide for financial and other arrangements for a Commonwealth authority to exit the Comcare scheme. The framework established by these amendments will:
  • enable Comcare to determine and collect ‘exit contributions’ from former Commonwealth authorities and successors of former Commonwealth authorities. This will ensure that an exiting employer does not leave the Comcare scheme without contributing an appropriate amount to cover any current or prospective liabilities that are not funded by premiums the employer has paid before exit;
  • ensure that employees injured before the employer’s exit continue to be supported by an appropriate rehabilitation authority; and
  • enable Comcare to determine and collect ongoing regulatory contributions from exited employers or successor bodies.
On 19 March, the bill was referred to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee (the committee) for inquiry and report by 8 May 2015. The committee’s report recommended the bill be passed. 

See also: Onus on Comcare quitters to still provide rehab; ACT govt plans to ditch Comcare for new scheme.

Clarified Seacare coverage 


Meanwhile, the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which was tabled in parliament by the federal government in February, has been passed with amendments. 

According to the explanatory memorandum, “The bill amends the coverage provisions of the Seacare scheme to clarify that the scheme is not intended to apply to employees engaged on ships undertaking intrastate voyages who have the benefit of State and Territory workers’ compensation schemes and work health and safety regulation.”
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