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Senior Counsel/ Senior Independent Review Officer - Independent Review
  • Executive Remuneration Package
  • Melbourne CBD location
  • Full time, Fixed term – 12 months

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 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 include:

  • 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.
  • Investigate and determine applications for review of disputed WorkSafe agent decisions and other WorkSafe decisions in a fair, reasonable and timely manner.
  • 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.
  • In a continuous improvement dynamic –
    • provide guidance to WorkSafe staff and agents on matters relating to the review process, including trends, issues or feedback identified during reviews that support fair, reasonable, consistent and sustainable decision-making objective; and
    • Continuously review and, where necessary, provide feedback to the Lead Counsel in the revision and update of procedures, processes and policies within the independent review team.
    • mentor and assist other decision-makers within the Independent Review function

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role.


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.
  • A high level of personal integrity. 


Working with Us

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance. People who are seeking part-time or job share arrangements are encouraged to apply.

WorkSafe employees enjoy: Discounted Gym & Pool Memberships | WELL Rated Building | Group Training & Yoga Classes | Very active Social Club | Pool & Table Tennis | Sparkling Water | Discounted Prescription Eyewear | Career Opportunities and Working for your Community!

What’s next?

Applications close 11pm Friday 25th of September.  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 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 Ilona Russell at


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

WorkSafe 2030 will ensure that WorkSafe Victoria remains at the forefront of workplace health and safety, and meets the community’s high expectations in relation to managing the workers’ compensation scheme at a time of rapid workplace change. WorkSafe 2030’s prevention-led approach will save lives and reduce injuries. It will deliver affordable premiums and lower administration costs for employers, freeing up their time and resources.


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

Job Ref: IR000083
Submitted: 11-09-2020

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