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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993)


Registration of Domestic Worker Employers in terms of section 80 of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 1993 (as amended)

4. Implication for domestic employers


This ruling means that all employers of domestic employees are obliged to register as employers with the Compensation Fund and submit the necessary returns as obliged by the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA).


All employers of domestic workers are therefore encouraged to register with the Compensation Fund without delay.


a. Industry Classification

In terms of the Compensation Fund’s Classification of Industries, domestic employers would be classified under Class XIX Personal Services, subclass 1910 at an assessment rate of 0.81.


In terms of the new classification model to be introduced effective 1 March 2021, domestic employers will fall under its own class, Class M, subclass 2500 at an assessment rate of 1.04 for the 2021 year onwards.


b. Registration as an Employer

The Compensation Commissioner is issuing the following guidelines for the registration of Domestic Employers who have employed domestic workers in their households.


The following documents must be submitted for employer registration purposes:

I. A completed CF-1E Form (Application for the registration of the domestic worker employer)
II. A copy of the Identification/Passport/Work Permit (Employer)
III. Proof of the Employer’s Residential Address
IV. A copy of the Identification/Passport/Work Permit (Employee/s)
V. A copy of the employment contract


A CF-1E Form has been attached on this Notice for the completion by the employers.

Applications to be sent to or .


c. Submission of Return of Earning (Section 82) and Assessment of the employer (Section 83)

Employers are required to submit a Return of Earnings (ROE) on an annual basis as soon as the ROE Online System platform opens between 1 April and 31 May.


The earnings declared will be based on the salaries including benefits paid during the period under review. The Compensation Fund review period is from the 1st of March to the 28th of February of the following year. Employers will be required to declare the actual earnings paid and to estimate their domestic employee/s earnings for the following year.


The employer must ensure that their email and other contact details are correctly captured. Invoices will be forwarded to the email address provided and must be settled within 30 days of the invoice date to avoid interest penalties.


d. Registering on the ROE Online system for the purposes of submitting Returns of Earnings

Employers will be able to submit their ROEs online by firstly registering as a user on the Department of Employment and Labour’s online services platform ( select Online Services, Select ROE Online or


There will be no need to re-register should employers already have an existing profile on the Department of Labour’s online services platform.


Employers can download the prescribed submission form that is posted on the Department’s website should there be difficulties with online submissions.


e. Notification of Claims to the Compensation Commissioner


Claims submission process

Claims for occupational injuries and/or diseases can be submitted to the Compensation Fund manually or through the use of the online platform. Manual submissions can be submitted at all Department of Employment and Labour’s 126 Labour Centres.


For online submissions, the Compensation Fund’s CompEasy system can be accessed at to register claims for injury on duty and occupational diseases. Online submissions are encouraged for faster turnaround and feedback to the affected employers.


All registered employers including domestic employers are required to register as users on the CompEasy system to enable them to submit claims in terms of COIDA. Information to register as a user is available on the Department of Employment and Labour website.


The required forms and supporting documents are detailed in Government Gazette no.: 42021, number 1217 published on the 9th November 2018 which can accessed at or


Note: The injured employee or the employer will be required to submit the details of earnings of the employee in the prescribed format to the Compensation Fund to enable the Fund to calculate and pay benefits. In the case of an employee who was employed by more than one employer at the time of the accident, the earnings received from all the employers should be submitted to the Compensation Fund.