The ACT Workers Compensation Act 1951(the Act) aims to provide timely, safe and durable return to work through effective injury management and income support to injured workers. It works in conjunction with occupational health and safety legislation which seeks to reduce the human and economic cost of work-related injury through improvements in the management of occupational health and safety in the workplace.
WorkSafe ACT is the government agency responsible for the administration of the workers compensation legislation. WorkSafe ACT provides an advisory and inspectorate function on a range of workers compensation and occupational health and safety matters to assist employers and workers.
Workers compensation in the ACT is a privately underwritten and market driven scheme. Insurers apply to WorkSafe ACT to become “Approved Insurers” to offer workers compensation coverage in the ACT. A general overview of the performance of the ACT Private Sector Workers' Compensation Scheme performance is provided in the financial year scheme updates.