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Question Without Notice No. 175 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 March 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 March 2019

POLICE — MEDICALLY RETIRED OFFICERS — REDRESS SCHEME

175. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the medically retired police officer redress offer of $16.1 million.

(1) How many applications has the redress scheme received to date?

(2) What will be the criteria for the distribution of the $16.1 million?

(3) Will the minister table the criteria detailing the payment methodology; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

The Western Australia Police Force advises as follows.

(1) The redress scheme has received 270 applications.

(2)–(3) To be eligible for the Western Australian medically retired police redress scheme, an applicant must be a former member of the Western Australia Police Force as defined in section 33K of the Police Act 1892; be living at the time of making the application; have suffered a work-related illness or injury that caused, or was a significant contributing factor to, them having been removed from the WA Police Force; have been removed from the WA Police Force under section 8 of the act, section 38B(4) for Aboriginal police liaison officers or regulation 505A of the Police Force Regulations 1979 for probationary constables; and not have been convicted of a serious offence for which the statutory penalty is or includes imprisonment for five years or more.

The process is modelled on the principles of ex gratia and act-of-grace payments, which are assessed on an individual basis, with every case considered on the specific facts and context presented by the applicant. The scheme provides for a maximum payment of $150 000.

An independent assessment panel will determine the outcome of each individual, de-identified application. The IAP comprises Dr Karl O'Callaghan, Ms Lilly Cvijic and Ms Susan Barrera. Factors to be considered by the IAP when making a determination may include, but are not limited to, the specific illness or injury for which the applicant was medically retired; circumstances (recognised cause) that led to the illness or injury; any exceptional circumstances presented in the application that the IAP considers relevant for consideration; any previous payments received in relation to this specific work-related illness or injury or retirement from the WA Police Force; and any serious disciplinary issues that may have been occurring concurrently with the medical retirement process.