This edition was issued on 14 October 2022
This edition focuses on the evolving controls around COVID-19 safety requirements for in-person dispute resolution events.
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Current COVID-19 Safety Requirements for In-Person Dispute Resolution Events
As advised in the last edition of Personal Injury Commission News, the Commission recently adjusted its COVID-19 safety settings for in-person dispute resolution events held on the Commission premises.
As we continue to evolve our controls, the Commission has now removed the requirement for event participants to wear face masks in the Commission’s foyers and venue waiting areas, effective immediately.
Please familiarise yourself with the latest version of Procedural Direction PIC 10 – Personal Injury Commission Hearings that has been updated today to reflect the current settings and requirements.
Please note the following key settings and requirements:
- Face masks must be worn when in a hearing or conference room involved in an in-person dispute resolution event, except when speaking. This is to keep Commission Members and event participants safe while COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community. This setting is under active review and we will update you should it change in the future.
- Face masks are not required in the Commission’s foyer and venue waiting areas.
- An individual cannot participate in an in-person Commission event unless they are free from flu-like symptoms.
- Anyone who attends an in-person hearing must comply with the Commission’s hygiene protocols which include not eating or drinking (other than drinking from each person’s own bottled water) in the venue and the Commission’s premises.
- Legal representatives must submit a witness schedule to the Commission for hearings that are held in-person or in a hybrid of in-person and virtual venues.
- Participants attending in-person dispute resolution events are no longer required to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or produce a negative RAT before attending the Commission premises, however this testing continues to be encouraged.
The Commission remains committed to reviewing our COVID-19 safety settings and adjusting them as necessary as the pandemic situation develops.
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