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25.3.6 Self Inflicted Injuries under the 1971 and 1930 Acts


Section 27(2) of the 1971 Act reads:

if an injury to an employee is intentionally self-inflicted, the Commonwealth is not liable pay compensation in respect to that injury.

This is essentially the same provision as under the SRCA and the guidance provided in this Handbook should apply equally to similar cases arising under the 1971 Act.

The 1930 Act does not have any provision excluding self-inflicted injuries. Delegates should refer any such case – which are now expected to be very rare – to National Office for policy advice before determining that claim.