Commonwealth Compensation

Specialist expertise. Pragmatic solutions.

In the ever-changing area of workers compensation, we represent the interests of employers, insurers, self-insurers and specialised insurers under State and Commonwealth schemes, as well as advising government departments and agencies across Australia on Commonwealth compensation matters.
We regularly advise on complex workers’ compensation matters that raise sensitive political issues or key policy considerations under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). Our specialist knowledge of Commonwealth workers’ compensation includes claims for psychiatric or psychological injury, chemical toxicity, latent/asbestos diseases, acoustic injury and claims involving catastrophic injuries. 
Our approach is to recognise the cases that need to run to hearing and those that need to be resolved at an early stage. Most matters can and do resolve well before a hearing is contemplated. But we also have experienced in-house counsel who achieve positive results in major cases that have proceeded to hearing.
In particular, our team has extensive experience acting for licensees in the Commonwealth scheme and providing legal advice that leads to pragmatic and commercially sensible solutions for our clients.
Clients seek our strategic legal advice about rehabilitation, management of physical and psychological injury claims and the prevention and management of occupational injury and disease. They also ask us to consult on, and act in, cases regarding the exclusion for compensation that arises when a condition has resulted from administrative action taken in the workplace.
We advise on licence obligations and the practical and regulatory implications of the Commonwealth  workers’ compensation scheme, as well as on claims management, rehabilitation and AAT matters under the protocols applicable to licensees under the SRC Act.
Other specialist areas include: advising on reviews of administrative decisions and defence of decisions; representation as counsel at directions hearings; military and seafarers compensation claims management; and privacy and freedom of information.
Clients also ask us to assist them with risk management strategy development, design and implementation of claims systems, tail management, audits and reviews covering risk analyses and suitability of reserves.

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Workers' compensation guides

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

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