Australia has eleven major state, territory and commonwealth government workers' compensation schemes. While these schemes all seek to achieve the best return to work outcomes at the lowest cost to society, there is much variation between their policies and practices. Until the COMPARE project, there was also very little quality published evidence regarding the  impact of scheme policy on return to work.

The COMpensation Policy And Return to work Effectiveness (COMPARE) project was established to develop an evidence base to support effective return to work policy in Australia.

The project team, led by Professor Alex Collie and based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, is supported by a national policy and data advisory group. The project has an international team of expert researchers from Australia, Canada and Denmark. 

 The COMPARE project began in 2014 and has produced many findings. Links to the major research reports, presentations, and journal articles are provided below.

The project is supported by funding from an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, and has previously received financial support from SafeWork Australia and Worksafe Victoria. The project also receives data and in-kind support from nine major workers' compensation authorities in Australia.



Australian Research Council

Safe Work Australia

Worksafe Victoria


State Insurance Regulatory Authority, NSW

Office of Industrial Relations, QLD

ReturnToWork SA

WorkCover QLD

WorkCover WA

WorkSafe Tasmania

ACT Government

NT Worksafe


Australian Industry Group

Australian Council of Trade Unions



Prof Alex Collie

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Dr Shannon Gray

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Dr Tyler Lane

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A/Prof Ross Iles

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Dr Caryn van Vreden

A/Prof Peter Smith


Michael Di Donato

A/Prof Chris Mcleod

Dr Thomas Lund

Luke Sheehan