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16.1.2 SRCA is a 'no-fault' Worker's Compensation Act
Delegates should note that the SRCA and its predecessors are all 'no fault' Worker's Compensation Acts. This means that an injury received in the workplace has 'arisen out of or in the course of' employment and is compensable even if the injury was not due to negligence by the employer, and even if the injury was due to negligence by the employee.
Thus, in the majority of cases, an injury received while an ADF member was on duty is compensable providing only that the class of injury was not one of those formally excluded by these Acts. These exclusions, which are wide ranging, are discussed at 25.