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Comcare is a statutory authority of the Australian Federal Government established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) and covered by the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act). Comcare administers the Commonwealth's workers' compensation scheme under the SRC Act; and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (OHS Act).

The department is headquartered in Canberra, and has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.

Comcare also provides secretariat, policy and legislative support to Seacare - the Seafarers' Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority - in administering the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992, the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993, the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Act 1992, and the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992.

Comcare provides advice to the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on issues relating to the administration of the Commonwealth's occupational health and safety and workers' compensation frameworks.

Comcare has identified three key result areas achieving safe and healthy workplaces, early and safe return to work and accessible and affordable compensation.