The WorkCover Scheme operates under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986. This Act sets up the structure of the Scheme, and in particular spells out how basic elements of the Scheme work, such as worker entitlements, rehabilitation and return to work, claims management, employer levies and dispute resolution.
After a significant review of the regulations operating under this Act, a new set of Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2010 commenced on 1 November 2010. This set of regulations mainly expands on parts of the Act in more detail. There is also a set of Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Territorial Application of Act) Regulations 2007 which specifically relate to recent harmonisation of 'cross border' workers compensation legislation in Australia.
WorkCoverSA itself is set up under the WorkCover Corporation Act 1994. This Act sets out WorkCover's objectives, powers, duties, functions, status and interaction with other bodies. There are two sets of regulations under this Act.
All South Australian Acts and Regulations are available on the South Australian Government's legislation site at: www.legislation.sa.gov.au. Direct links to the relevant Acts and sets of regulations are as follows: