ISCRR's ComPARE research project has officially delivered its introductory report.

The report confirms that compensation scheme policy and practice have a major impact on the length of claims and the Return to Work (RTW) timelines experienced by Australian workers when they receive compensation benefits.  

Injured workers can expect to experience significantly different outcomes in these areas based on the compensation system that they access - and in Australia there are several different systems in operation across our states, territories and nationally. 

This system impact persists even after taking into account differences in individual circumstance (such as age, gender, injury type, background etc.). 

Furthermore, this impact is in many cases even greater than other factors like ageing and mental health, which are already commonly acknowledged to be highly influential in this area. 

Ultimately, this report formally establishes the importance, usefulness and feasibility of ISCRR's ComPARE research project

The ComPARE research team will now look more closely at how specific worker cohorts experience scheme differences, and will also work towards developing a new system for analysing the impact of individual system settings. 

ComPARE is the first detailed academic investigation of the comparative effectiveness of workers' compensation policy and practice. The project's objective is to provide evidence of best practice to shape Victoria's existing worker compensation systems, as well as other systems in Australia and overseas.