High Court of Australia

Comcare v PVYW [2013] HCA 41

88 ALJR 1; 303 ALR 1

30 Oct 2013

Case Number: S98/2013


French CJ, Hayne, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell, Gageler JJ


Industrial law (Cth) – Workers' compensation – Employee injured during overnight stay at motel booked by employer – Employee injured whilst engaged in activity – Employee claimed compensation for injuries under Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) – Whether employee's injuries arose in course of employment – Whether employee's injuries sustained during interval or interlude within overall period of work.

Words and phrases – "connection or association with employment", "injury … at and by reference to a place", "in the course of employment", "interval or interlude within an overall period or episode of work".

Safety – Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth), ss 5A(1), 6, 14(1).

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