Tribunal offers a shake up

ADMINISTRATIVE decision making in Western Australia is about to be revolutionised with the establishment of the State Administrative Tribunal.

The new tribunal will assume the civil and administrative functions of a myriad of different statutory bodies, other entities and adjudicators.

Many appeal tribunals and boards will consequently go out of existence.

The Supreme, District and Local courts as well as the Court of Petty Sessions will lose a comprehensive range of administrative appeal functions to the new tribunal.

Ministerial appeals as well as disciplinary and supervisory functions of professional, occupational and business tribunals and boards will also come under the new body.

The Government set itself a tight timeframe for this complicated piece of legislation to be carried. Early last month it reached the Legislative Council.

It has now been referred to the Standing Committee on Legislation which has agreed to advertise for submissions on November 11 for a one-month period. Depending on the outcome of the submissions the bill may yet be carried before Parliament rises on December 12.

Whether a huge range of decision makers will continue their traditional functions into next year or cease to operate this year will be determined by events that unfold in the ensuing weeks.

Dan Mossenson, chairman of partners

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