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Who Needs to be Informed

Different reporting procedures apply to Defence internal reporting and Commonwealth regulators; Comcare, and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

Deployment and Radiation
Condition Deployment and the WHS Event type is Notify
If you are being paid a deployment allowance All WHS Events Defence
If you are not being paid a deployment allowance radiation exposure Defence, Comcare and ARPANSA
If you are not being paid a deployment allowance not related to radiation exposure Defence and Comcare

Mandatory Defence Work Health and Safety (WHS) Event (Incident) Reporting Timeframes

The Defence WHS Event (Incident) Reporting Timeframes outline the mandatory reporting timeframes applicable to work health and safety incidents. Timeframes for notifying and notifying Comcare are mandated by legislation. The table below shows the reporting procedure.

WHS Event (Incident) Reporting Timeframes
WHS Incident Severity Type Inital Report Report in Sentinel Written Notification Closed in Sentinel Incidents Involving Radiation


Serious Injury or Illness

Dangerous Incident

Phone Comcare immediately
Note: Notification to Comcare is required immediately after becoming aware that a notifiable incident arising from the business or undertaking has occurred.

Notification in the first instance should be by phone:
1300 366 979

From outside Australia phone:
+61 2 6276 0333
(international call charges apply)

Within 24 hours

Within 48 hours of initial phone call to Comcare.

Note: Sentinel will automatically send the written notification to Comcare when the Workplace Supervisor completes all the required actions in Sentinel.
Within 28 days

Reporting to ARPANSA is to be, in the first instance, within 24 hours of the accident.

Business Hours:
02 9541 8329

24 hour contact:
03 9432 5384


Minor Injury, Exposure or Near Miss Not required for Comcare Within 3 days Not required for Comcare Within 28 days