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About the Tribunal

The Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal is an independent statutory tribunal created under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, with primary responsibility to determine all disputes relating to workers compensation in Tasmania.

The Tribunal is constituted by the Chief Commissioner, a Commissioner or a part-time Commissioner.  Presently the Tribunal has one Commissioner in addition to the Chief Commissioner.

Both the Chief Commissioner and Commissioner fulfil 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.

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.
  • To hear and determine any appeal referred to it under the Workers (Occupational Diseases) Relief Fund Act 1954.

The Tribunal holds conciliation conferences and hearings throughout the State in order resolve disputes by agreement, or arbitration when agreement cannot be reached between the parties.