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Senior Counsel
 
  • $153,029.00 per annum + superannuation
  • Full time, ongoing opportunity
  • Melbourne CBD location (hybrid work from home)

About the role

The Workers Compensation Independent Review Service (WCIRS) provides a non-statutory review framework for decisions made by claims agents under the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (Vic) 2013 on behalf of WorkSafe. The primary purpose of WCIRS is to review disputed decisions relating to workers’ compensation claims and entitlements in a manner that ensures fair, reasonable and sustainable decision-making outcomes that assist WorkSafe to encourage, promote and support workers through their recovery and provide effective occupational rehabilitation and early return to work through suitable employment opportunities.

The Senior Counsel / Senior Independent Review Officer is expected to undertake a high level of complex investigative and analytical work that has significant implications across WorkSafe Victoria operations while working within clear and established management systems, legislative/regulatory provisions and professional standards.

Key accountabilities

  • Investigate and determine applications for review of disputed WorkSafe agent decisions and other WorkSafe decisions in a fair, reasonable and timely manner.
  • Supports Lead Counsel of WCIRS in sustainable decision-making relating to workers’ compensation claims and entitlements.
  • Engages and consults with relevant internal and external stakeholders in the operation of the independent review function, including the development of processes, precedents and training of relevant non-statutory independent review staff and associated internal stakeholders.
  • Gather and analyse information relating to quality decision making frameworks, procedures, processes and policies which will facilitate the design and implementation of the non-statutory review function.
  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal stakeholders and provide support and learning opportunities relating to or arising out of a non-statutory review.
  • Write clear and logical decisions setting out the basis for decision, relevant findings of fact and the material on which those findings were based.
  • Communicate decision outcomes of reviews and the reasons for those outcomes to workers, agents or other authorised decision-makers and relevant WorkSafe staff in a timely and professional manner.

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/careers 

About you

You have demonstrated experience as a technical expert or a complex specialist as a legal advocate or policy specialist in the Victorian workers’ compensation framework. Your written and verbal communication skills will be highly developed and you will have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision in an environment of internal and stakeholder pressure, and strict statutory deadlines.

More specifically you will have:

  • Highly developed and demonstrated knowledge of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (Vic) 2013 and the Victorian workers’ compensation statutory framework.
  • Highly developed alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide solutions for defined functional objectives to improve current practices.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deal with a wide range of stakeholders effectively, empathetically and tactfully in the review context, including workers, employers, decision-makers, the legal profession and other external stakeholder representatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess competing and complex evidence and to reach logical and sustainable conclusions based on relevant material.
  • Demonstrated ability to write sound logical and sustainable decisions capable of withstanding internal and external review, including scrutiny by Courts and Tribunals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision in an environment of internal and stakeholder pressure, and strict statutory deadlines.

Highly Desirable

  • Sound understanding of the principles of administrative review, and their application to the WorkSafe review context.
  • Understanding of the principles of statutory interpretation and legal precedent.
  • A tertiary undergraduate degree in law or equivalent.
  • Minimum post-legal admission experience of 7 years in Victorian compensation litigation and/or administrative review.

 

What’s next?

Applications close 11:00pm Thursday the 18th of August, 2022. Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check (and/or Medical Assessment) as part of the recruitment process.

Candidate screening may take place prior to the advertisement closing, so get your application in.

For further enquiries please contact Bianca Stojanovski via email bianca_stojanovski@worksafe.vic.gov.au.

About Us

At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we’re committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community. 

Our future

Our goals are to embed in every workplace a proactive, prevention-led approach to health and safety across the state, and to provide a personalised, tailored service for every Victorian who comes into contact with WorkSafe.

Like wearing a seatbelt or putting on sunscreen, “prevention-led” thinking will become automatic every time Victorians step into the workplace.

WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve.

 

Important Information

WorkSafe is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with WorkSafe’s obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OH&S Act).

Therefore, all WorkSafe employees are required to have an up to date COVID-19 vaccination status, which is currently defined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) as three vaccine doses, unless a valid medical exemption applies.

To meet our obligations under the OH&S Act, WorkSafe will request vaccination information or evidence of an exemption in the pre-employment stage.

Prior to commencement of employment with WorkSafe you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have an up to date vaccination status, or that a medical exemption applies.

 

Job Ref: BS000252
Submitted: 04-08-2022
 

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