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Commonwealth Compensation

Specialist expertise. Pragmatic solutions.

This is where the game changes. Complex workers’ compensation matters can raise sensitive political issues or policy considerations under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). We’re the go-to team for government departments, licensees and agencies across Australia, whether that’s advising on strategic issues or helping manage claims.
We’re human and we’re respectful of the sensitivities unique to this area—we specialise in claims for psychiatric or psychological injury, chemical toxicity, latent/asbestos diseases, acoustic injury and claims involving catastrophic injuries. 
We have a sixth sense about the cases that need to run to hearing and those that need to be resolved at an early stage. In our experience, most matters resolve well before anyone considers a hearing. But we do have experienced in-house counsel waiting in the wings, should one a major case go that way.
We support clients before, during and after a claim comes in. Preventing occupational injury and disease, and rehabilitation in physical and psychological injury claims are our specialties.
We act for licensees in the Commonwealth scheme, finding them sensible commercial solutions. They ask us about licence obligations and the practical implications of the Commonwealth scheme. We also help licensees with claims management, rehabilitation and AAT matters.
We get into specialist areas. We’ve advised on reviews of decisions, acted as counsel at directions hearings, and been involved in military and seafarers compensation claims management. We’re not afraid to take on privacy and freedom of information issues.
When clients are designing and implementing claims systems or revamping tail management strategies, we roll up our sleeves—even conducting audits and reviews of reserves if they need.

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Workers' compensation guides

Sparke Helmore’s Insurance Statutory Lines team is pleased to provide a range of workers’ compensation guides for each Australian jurisdiction.

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