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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 64 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 June 2017 by Hon Nick Goiran

Question Directed to the: Leader of the House representing the Attorney General
Minister responding: Hon J.R. Quigley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the seminar held on 19 May 2017 on Compensation for Domestic Violence at which Adjunct Professor Robert Guthrie, Assessor Criminal Injuries Compensation, advised that in 2014-15 about 45 percent of the awards made by the assessors involved family and domestic violence, and I ask:

(a) what was the percentage for 2015-16;
(b) how many full-time assessors are currently appointed;
(c) how many part-time assessors are currently appointed;
(d) further to (b) and (c), what is the term of tenure for each assessor;
(e) noting that the number of applications outstanding has now grown to a level incapable of being finalised by the current assessors, is the Attorney General considering increasing the number of assessors, whether permanently or temporarily; and
(f) if no to (e), why not?
Answered on 15 August 2017

(a) 43.4%.

(b) Three (3).

(c) Nil.

(d) Five (5) year terms.

(e) Not at this time.

(f) Current average assessment time for applications (as at May 2017) was 7.6 months.