Any person can make a complaint to the Personal Injury Commission. The Commission will handle a complaint objectively, impartially and fairly. The Commission will give timely acknowledgement that a complaint has been received.
- Annual review
- Table A-PIC delegations-PIC Act and regulations-1 March 2021
- Table B-PIC delegations-Rules-30 April 2021
- Instrument of Delegation Judge Gerard Phillips 1 March 2021
- Instrument of Delegation Rodney Parson Tables A and B
- Instrument of Delegation Marie Johns
- Instrument of Delegation Marianne Christmann
- Table A - PIC delegations- PIC Act and Regulations - 15 April 2021
- Instrument of Delegation Judge Gerard Phillips 15 April 2021
- Instrument of Sub-Delegation dated 30 April 2021.pdf
- 2021 Legal Bulletins
- Appeal Decision Summaries
- Papers and presentations
- Personal Injury Commission News
- Procedural Direction PIC1 – Conduct of parties during proceedings
- Procedural Direction PIC2 – Determination of matters ‘on the papers'
- Procedural Direction PIC3 – Documents and late documents
- Procedural Direction PIC4 – Expert Witness Evidence
- Procedural Direction PIC5 – Schedule of Earnings
- Procedural Direction PIC6 – Medical Assessments
- Procedural Direction PIC7 – Appeals, reviews, reconsiderations and correction of obvious errors in medical disputes
- Procedural Direction PIC9 – Production of Information and Calling of Witnesses
- Procedural Direction PIC10 – Hearings during COVID-19
- Procedural Direction WC1 – Compensation payable on death
- Procedural Direction WC2 – Interim payment directions
- Procedural Direction WC3 – Presidential appeals and questions of law
- Procedural Direction WC4 – Work injury damages
- Procedural Direction WC5 – Work Capacity Disputes
- Procedural Direction WC6 – Workplace injury management disputes
- Procedural Direction MA1 – Stood over proceedings
- Procedural Direction MA2 – Merit review
- Procedural Direction MA3 – Approval of damages settlement
- Procedural Direction MA4 – Appointed representatives
- Procedural Direction MA5 – Matters unsuitable for assessment and mandatory exemptions
- Procedural Direction MA6 – Review of a single merit review by a review panel
- Procedural Direction MA7 – Claims disputes
- Motor Accidents Division
- Workers Compensation Division
- Any person can make a complaint to the Personal Injury Commission. The Commission will handle a complaint objectively, impartially and fairly. The Commission will give timely acknowledgement that a complaint has been received.
- A complaint may be made about the actions of Commission staff or Members, including Presidential Members, Principal Members, Senior Members, Mediators and Merit Reviewers. A complaint may also be made about the actions of a Medical Assessor appointed by the Commission in a particular case. The Commission believes that a professional response to suggestions and complaints about its practices and procedures promotes fairness, leads to improvements in its services, and creates confidence in the outcome of disputes.
- A complaint will not change a decision of the Commission nor will it change a Commission member hearing a matter.
- A person who wants to have a decision changed should not make a complaint but should seek advice about any rights of appeal or reconsideration they may have in relation to the decision. Appeal and reconsideration rights exist in relation to decisions of the Commission. The Commission cannot otherwise change a determination made by a member of the Commission, merit reviewer or a medical assessor. Parties are advised, wherever possible, to obtain legal advice before proceeding to appeal. Effective and accessible procedures are in place for the correction of wrong decisions, and for the facilitation of genuine appeals.
- The Commission does not investigate allegations of misconduct by legal practitioners. Enquiries should be directed to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner.
- Persons wishing to complain about the actions of Commission staff, Presidential members, non-presidential Members, Mediators, Merit Reviewers or Medical Assessors should write to the Principal Registrar setting out their concerns. If the complaint concerns the Principal Registrar, it should be directed to the President for attention. The Commission is unable to provide a written response to a complaint that does not identify the complainant or is not signed. Where a complaint is made verbally and not put in writing, the Commission is not able to formally reply to it. However, where appropriate, the Commission will give serious consideration to how matters raised in verbal complaints may inform improvements in the Commission.
- Where a person has difficulty making a complaint in writing, staff of the Commission will provide assistance in doing so. If necessary, assistance will be provided for persons who have a disability to make a complaint, for example via the use of TTY. The Telephone Interpreter Service may also be of assistance to a complainant.
- The Commission will investigate all written complaints and, where necessary, may do any or all of the following:
- consider what, if any, prompt action may resolve the complaint and, where appropriate, institute or recommend such action;
- consult with a staff or Commission Member, Mediator, Merit Reviewer or Medical Assessor who is referred to directly in the complaint, (the person about whom a complaint in writing is made will, in most circumstances, be given a copy of the complaint and asked to respond to the Principal Registrar or President);
- contact the complainant personally to seek informal and speedy resolution of the complaint;
- refer the complaint to the President for consideration in relation to reviewing the performance of a Member, Medical Assessor, Mediator or Merit Reviewer.
- recommend, in the case of Commission staff, that some action be commenced in accordance with formal public sector procedures; and
- initiate changes to practices or procedures to prevent a similar complaint arising in the future.
- The substantive details of a complaint will be dealt with by the Commission confidentially on the basis that information is restricted to those who have a ‘need to know’. Statistics on the number of complaints to the Commission will be the subject of general reporting requirements.
- The Commission will respond to all written complaints in writing as soon as possible and will advise the complainant of the outcome of the investigation into the complaint.
- The Commission will not continue to investigate or deal with a complaint where there is unreasonable conduct by the person making the complaint, including vexatious, abusive, or repetitive demands or communications.
His Hon Judge Gerard Phillips
1 March 2021