SA still waiting on Commission appointments

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SA still waiting on Commission appointments

It is understood parties are concerned that because of the amount of federal work the state appointees handle, there will be a build-up of cases if the waiting period for appointments continues much longer. There is also concern over the lack of handover.

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Although a decision on South Australia’s new state industrial commissioners has been made, the announcement is still a couple of weeks away – as concerns grow that a case backlog is being created.

A spokesperson for Workplace Relations Minister Robert Lawson told WorkplaceInfo that an announcement on the names of three new Commissioners to fill vacant positions was now just a matter of waiting for approval from the Executive Council, which could be another two weeks or more away.

The SA Government advertised earlier this year for the positions. Under new rules, industrial commission appointments are now for fixed terms.

Unions have put forward two names – Karen Bartel, senior industrial officer with the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union, and the Firefighters’ union secretary, Mick Doyle – and employers have put forward David Steel, with Business SA.

But it is understood up to 10 times as many people as places nominated through the application process, so the business and union nominations are not necessarily those who will be appointed.

The new appointees will replace Commissioner Robert Fairweather, who left last week, and Deputy President Greg Stevens and Commissioner Richard Huxter, due to leave on 7 August. While all three were primarily State industrial appointees, they were also dual commissioners for the federal commission, which now has no Adelaide-based members. The federal and State registries have been working as a one-stop shop since May.

It is understood parties are concerned that because of the amount of federal work the state appointees handle, there will be a build-up of cases if the waiting period for appointments continues much longer. There is also concern over the lack of handover.

 
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