Commencement of the Parliamentary Injury Compensation Scheme

Key Point
  • The parliamentary injury compensation scheme commenced on 9 May 2016.

Parliamentarians are now covered for injuries or diseases suffered in connection with their official activities that occurred on or after 1 January 2016. The scheme is, as much as possible, equivalent to the compensation arrangements available to Commonwealth employees. The Parliamentary Injury Compensation Scheme Instrument 2016 that prescribes the scheme’s benefits is available at External Site.

If you suffer an injury or disease, or aggravate a pre-existing injury or disease, in connection with your official activities you should in the first instance seek any medical attention necessary. In order to be eligible to make a compensation claim, the scheme requires that you notify Comcare in writing as soon as practicable after you become aware of the injury or disease.

If you are unsure whether you need to lodge a compensation claim in respect of the injury or disease, you can notify Comcare by emailing the following information:

To lodge a claim for compensation, such as for medical expenses, you will need to:

If you have any questions or require any further information about how to report an injury or disease or how to make a claim under the scheme, please contact Comcare’s PICS help line.


Jason Ford
Assistant Secretary
Entitlements Management Branch
Ministerial and Parliamentary Services
23 May 2016

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