Independent review of the Board's functions and structure
As required by section 164D of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the Act), the Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs has commissioned an independent review of the functionality and structure of the Board. The period under review provided for by the Act is 23 January 2018 to 22 January 2021.
To have your say, see the Department of Justice's Community Consultations page (external link).
About the Board
The WorkCover Tasmania Board manages Tasmania’s workers compensation scheme and makes recommendations to the Minister relating to workers compensation legislation. It:
- licenses insurers to cover employers for workers compensation claims made by their workers
- grants permits to employers to self insure against workers compensation claims made by their workers
- approves the injury management programs of employers, licensed insurers and self insurers
- accredits medical practitioners to assess permanent impairment
- accredits workplace rehabilitation providers to deliver workplace rehabilitation services in Tasmania
- supports services and projects that engage with workplaces and the wider community: to influence attitudes towards work health and safety, and empower change to positive behaviours.
Current Board members
Chair: Ginna Webster
Secretary of the Department of Justice
Ginna has previously held the roles of Secretary of the Department of Communities Tasmania, Deputy Secretary – Children and Youth Services with the then Department of Health and Human Services and Deputy Secretary – Administration of Justice with the Department of Justice. She has 15 years’ experience in justice and community corrections and expertise in stakeholder engagement and change management.
Appointed pursuant to Section 9(1)(b)(v) of the Act (‘a person with expertise in the evidence base related to management of work-related injuries and who advocates for, or has experience in respect of, the interests of employers’)
Julieann is currently employed as the Tasmanian manager of a large self-insurer. She is an occupational therapist with extensive employer-based experience in safety, occupational rehabilitation and workers compensation insurance at a strategic and operational level. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julieann has post-graduate qualification in occupational rehabilitation, ergonomics and management.
Appointed pursuant to Section 9(1)(b)(iii) of the Act (‘a person with extensive experience in the workers compensation insurance industry’)
Sofia is based in Adelaide and has extensive experience in the management of underwritten and statutory workers compensation claims in Tasmania and South Australia; compulsory third party claims in the Australian Capital Territory; and South Australia’s privatised compulsory third party scheme claims. She has 24 years of personal injury claims experience across insurers, the South Australian workers compensation regulator and South Australia’s largest self-insurer. She has held executive positions overseeing legal, medical and allied health provider management, fraud and investigations, recoveries and injury and case management for various national and state public and private sector organisations. Sofia has post graduate qualifications in business management. She has completed the Company Directors course and other professional development courses focused on strategic thinking and leadership.
Appointed pursuant to Section 9(1)(b)(iv) of the Act (‘a person with expertise in the evidence base related to management of work-related injuries and who advocates for, or has experience in respect of, the interests of injured workers’)
Elected to the peak body for unions in Tasmania in 2017, Jessica is the leader of the trade union movement in Tasmania. Unions Tasmania represents approximately 50,000 workers across the private and public sector. Jessica is an experienced industrial relations practitioner. Before leading Unions Tasmania, she worked with the Community and Public Sector Union for 12 years, including three years as the Regional Secretary of the branch where she worked with members on industrial matters as well as workplace health and safety and workers compensation issues. She is also a trustee director of an industry superannuation fund, and president and treasurer of the community legal centre Worker Assist. Jessica has a degree in political science and public policy, a Certificate IV in unionism and has completed the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) Trustee Director Course.
Dr Robert Walters
Appointed pursuant to Section 9(1)(b)(i) of the Act (‘a medical practitioner, or a registered nurse, with expertise in evidence-based management of work-related injuries’)
Robert has been a practising GP in Hobart for 33 years. He has been medical director of the Board since 1997. He has extensive experience on boards and councils, including those for the Australian Divisions of General Practice, the Cancer Council of Tasmania, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Headspace and beyondblue. He was a national Men’s Health Ambassador, advising the Australian Government on policy relating to male health matters. Robert has served in the Australian Defence Force since 1972, most recently as Senior Medical Officer for the ADF, Tasmanian region in an Army Reserve capacity, holding the rank of Colonel.
Appointed pursuant to Section 9(1)(b)(ii) of the Act (‘an Australian lawyer with experience in workers rehabilitation and compensation matters’)
Graham was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in August 1984, and has been partner/consultant with a Hobart law firm since 1990. He specialises in all aspects of litigious work, including the conduct and carriage of matters representing the interest of plaintiffs and defendants. He has extensive experience in the conduct of workers compensation and personal injury matters, at trial level and on appeal. He is a panel solicitor for numerous major insurance companies; and for over 20 years has been the principal solicitor providing advice to the Police Association of Tasmania on legal issues including administrative law, workers compensation and industrial issues. Graham has a joint Bachelor of Economics and Law Honours degree.