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The Asbestos Compensation Tribunal is an independent statutory Tribunal created under the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011, with primary responsibility to determine all disputes relating to referrals made pursuant to that legislation.

The Tribunal is constituted by the Chief Commissioner, and a Commissioner or a part-time Commissioner.  Please note that these persons are separate and independent of the Asbestos Compensation Commissioner.  Presently the Tribunal has a Chief Commissioner and a Commissioner.

Both the Chief Commissioner and the Commissioner fulfill the requirements of the Act in that they are legal practitioners of not less than 5 years standing. Both are appointed full time on contracts.

Functions

The functions of the Tribunal are:

  • To determine all claims for compensation referred to it under the Act.
  • To determine such other matters as are referred to it under the Act.
  • To exercise the powers conferred and the duties imposed on it in the Act.

The Tribunal may conduct conciliation conferences in appropriate circumstances in order to resolve disputes by agreement. Hearings are held throughout the State in order to resolve disputes by arbitration where agreement cannot be reached between the parties.

Asbestos Compensation Tribunal website