- $16 million to recognise and acknowledge treatment of medically retired officers
- Former Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan APM to chair assessment panel
The McGowan Government has announced a Redress Scheme for police officers medically retired due to a work-related illness or injury.
The $16 million scheme will involve a tailored, ex gratia-type payment to recognise their service and acknowledge the circumstances and treatment of some ill or injured former officers.
The redress scheme will open in the new year and all applications will be assessed by a panel.
The scheme has been designed to ensure the process of applying is straightforward and not legalistic.
The scheme provides for a maximum payment of $150,000.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts today announced the panel would be chaired by former Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan APM.
Dr O'Callaghan will be joined by other panel members, Susan Barrera and Ljiljana Cvijic.
Ms Barrera is a former director general of the Department of Communities and an experienced industrial relations practitioner. Ms Cvijic is a retired senior sergeant with more than 40 years of distinguished service in the WA Police Force.
Dr O'Callaghan will meet with stakeholders including the Medically Retired Police Officers Association and WA Police Union over coming weeks.
Since coming to office, the Government has been working hard to develop a scheme to provide a fair, equitable and appropriate recompense to recognise the indignity and treatment of some medically retired police officers.
The Minister is currently progressing reforms to provide a more dignified process and legal framework to medically retired officers.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"I am pleased to be able to provide some recognition to officers medically retired due to a workplace injury or illness.
"This is not a compensation scheme, it will provide recognition and an ex gratia payment to acknowledge past treatment of medically retired former officers.
"This hasn't occurred in any other jurisdictions and I'm proud that our Government has moved to recognise these officers."
Information on panel members
Karl O'Callaghan APM
Dr O'Callaghan was Western Australia's longest serving postwar Police Commissioner when he retired from a 44-year policing career in October 2017.
As Commissioner of Police, he oversaw major change and reform of information technology projects, helping to modernise the Western Australia Police Force.
He led widespread cultural and business change within WA Police and implemented important legislative reforms.
Ms Barrera has 30 years' experience in the State public sector, including most recently as director general of the Department of Communities where she oversaw implementation of the Redress WA Scheme.
She has a strong background in industrial relations and has served as the executive director of the Labour Relations Division.
Ljiljana Cvijic APM
Ms Cvijic served 40 years with the WA Police Force, retiring as a Senior Sergeant in 2014.
Her distinguished service saw her receive the Australian Police Medal among numerous other awards and accolades.
Since retiring she has been active in the community, including as a member of the Retired Police Officers Association and has worked with Professional Social Workers WA.
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