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Question Without Notice No. 951 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 September 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 September 2019

CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL — CHIEF ASSESSOR

951. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer to the case load within the office of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.

(1) Was Charmaine Holyoak-Roberts appointed as Chief Assessor on 4 February 2019?

(2) Is the Attorney General aware that the Chief Assessor communicated on 25 March 2019 that despite the department announcing in late 2018 the provision of additional resources, including a fourth assessor and support staff to assist with processing the heavy case load, that staff had yet to be received?

(3) Have the new staff arrived?

(4) If yes to (3), when did this occur?

(5) Will the Attorney General now table the Department of Justice's review of the criminal injuries compensation scheme that he had previously indicated was scheduled to be completed by October 2018?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes.

(2) No. However, I am advised the correspondence from the Chief Assessor in March 2019 was an update to the major law firms that act on behalf of criminal injuries compensation applicants. The Chief Assessor's letter advised that additional resources had been approved by the Department of Justice in late 2018 and that recruitment processes were underway.

(3) Yes.

(4) One additional assessor commenced on 6 May 2019. Two additional case managers commenced on 8 July 2019.

(5) The draft report is under review at the State Solicitor's Office and will be tabled in due course.

Hon Nick Goiran interjected.

The PRESIDENT: There are no supplementary questions in here. You have had your question, and Hon Jacqui Boydell now has the call.