COMPARISON OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION ARRANGEMENTS
STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES
STATUTORY
COMMONWEALTH*
VICTORIA
NEW SOUTH
SOUTH 
RESPONSIBILITIES
WALES
AUSTRALIA
Incentives for new
Comcare:
WISE  (WorkCover
JobCover Program
RISE (Re employment
employers of injured
No direct financial
Incentive Scheme for
Incentive Scheme for
workers
subsidy scheme; the
Employers) 
Program offers to new
Employers)
original employer
employers:
subsidises any income
Scheme is for new
(a) up to $300.00 
Scheme offers new
loss
employers (other than
training/employment 
employers of injured
injury employer) who
allowance per week
workers the following:
Seacare:
employ workers ready
(a) gross wage subsidy 
No direct financial
to return to work but
(b) a premium 
of 75% for 3 months 
subsidy scheme
unable to do so with
exemption for 
(excluding overtime)
former employer
employer for first 12 
months of 
(b) gross wage subsidy 
Includes the following
employment on 
of 40% for the next 3 
incentives:
injured worker's 
months (excluding
(a) subsidy of up to 
wages
overtime)
$14,860.00 plus 
(c) a waiver on the 
(c) a retention bonus of 
$1000 for workplace 
$500.00 excess 
up to $2,000 if the 
modifications to 
should injury be 
worker is employed 
accommodate the 
aggravated within 12 
for greater than
worker
months
12 months
(b) protection from 
(d) costs of any claim 
(d) protection from 
premium impacts if 
within 12 months 
employer levy 
the worker has a new 
relating to the
penalty and the first 
injury
existing injury, 
two weeks' income 
(c) an exemption from 
excluded from 
maintenance for that 
costs if worker's 
experience based 
worker, if they suffer 
original injury recurs 
premium 
an aggravation of 
and the new 
adjustments
the pre existing 
employment is not a 
condition (up to two 
contributing factor to 
years)
the recurrence
(e) an allowance of up 
(d) up to $1,500 for
to $1,000 for
occupational 
appropriate training
rehabilitation 
(f) reasonable 
providers who 
workplace modification
arrange durable 
cost
placement
* Unless otherwise
stated, information
provided applies to both
Comcare and Seacare
Heads of Workers' Compensation Authorities  38
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