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Purchaser-Provider Arrangements

Comcare

Defence is required to pay an annual workers' compensation premium to Comcare to meet the cost of workers' compensation claims for civilian personnel who suffer a work-related injury or illness during the year and the cost of managing those claims. The premium for 2004-05 was $12.9m.

Defence is also required to pay a regulatory contribution to Comcare to fund costs incurred by Comcare and the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to conduct regulatory functions under the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991. The regulatory contribution for civilian and ADF personnel for 2004-05 was $3.5m.

During 2004-05, Defence was satisfied with the level of service provided by Comcare, including its two-week turn around time for the processing of claims. Defence has formal consultative arrangements in place with Comcare to ensure regular review of claims management, Defence's injury prevention and return to work performance indicators, as well as ways of jointly generating efficiencies.

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