The NSW Government is set to increase the number of full-time arbitrators and deputy presidents appointed to the Workers Compensation Commission. Attorney General John Hatzistergos today said the government has introduced legislation that will allow the restructuring of the commission following an independent review by management consultants recommending the appointment of full-time arbitrators.
Mr Hatzistergos said that as part of the restructure, legislation will enable:
up to 22 full-time arbitrators to be appointed to the commission for a five year term;
two new positions of senior arbitrator to take responsibility for mentoring, training, and appraising the performance of other arbitrators;
- removing restrictions on the number of deputy presidents that can serve on the commission; and
- the appointment of two more deputy presidents to assist with hearing appeals against the decision of arbitrators.
24 February 2010