Independent Review of the WorkCover Tasmania Board -

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The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that public consultation processes are open and transparent and we are seeking your input on the Independent Review of the WorkCover Tasmania Board.

As required by section 164D of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the Act), the Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs commissioned an independent review of the functionality and structure of the Board.

The period under review provided for by the Act is 23 January 2018 to 22 January 2021. This coincides with the appointment of the Board’s members on 23 January 2018.

The review will consider the functionality and structure of the Board during the review period, and will assess:

  • The changes made to the Board’s structure by the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Act 2017 (the Amendment Act) and the efficacy of those changes.
  • Any proposed improvements to the way in which the Board functions and its structure, including any recommendations for reform of the Act with respect to functionality and structure.
  • The appropriateness of the current wording of section 12 of the Act, which addresses members’ conflicts of interest, including the section’s consequences in light of the skills-based structure of the Board.

The Act requires that the reviewers’ report be tabled in each House of Parliament within five sitting days of that House after the Minister receives the report.

The Minister has commissioned Mr Rod Chandler and Ms Liz Gillam to undertake this review. Mr Chandler worked as a full-time Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal Commissioner from 1999-2015, a part-time Coroner from 2006-2015 and a full-time Coroner from 2015-2018. Ms Gillam is a former State Servant with extensive governance experience who worked in the development of workers rehabilitation and compensation legislation and also served as chair of the Tasmanian Electoral Commission for seven years.

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation.

Submissions will be published once the review has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.