The Australian work disability patchwork

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Australia’s response to the problem of work disability is a complex and constantly changing legal patchwork. The chief means of support are 11 distinct workers’ compensation schemes and a federal social security system. These mechanisms are part of a broader suite of measures aimed at preventing and managing work disability and its consequences. In theory, the diversity creates opportunities for within-nation comparison of different approaches. In practice, inconsistencies across multiple dimensions and persistent unresolved questions about inequity and access make it difficult to identify the leading approaches to facilitating work reintegration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science and Politics of Work Disability Prevention
EditorsEllen MacEachen
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780429443398
ISBN (Print)9781138335301, 9781138335318
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Work disability
  • Injury compensation systems
  • Social security

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