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Our team regularly produces articles and updates on legal developments and the implications for clients. Our latest publications can be viewed below. Alternatively, use the Search function on the left to find the topic of your choice.

HBA Partner appointed to State Administrative Tribunal

March 7, 2019

Media Release:  HBA Partner Dr Andrew Lu OAM has been appointed a sessional (part-time) member of the Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Appointments are made on the recommendation of the SAT President and approved by the Western Australian Premier, Attorney-General and Governor. SAT is an independent body that makes and reviews a broad range of […]

11 year delay no barrier to claim

March 7, 2019

Sarraf and Comcare (Compensation) [2018] AATA 3196.   Key Points: The applicant made a claim for workers’ compensation in 2016, in respect of an aggravation of an injury sustained in September 2005. The Tribunal found that the claim for workers’ compensation satisfied the requirements set out in section 53 of the SRC Act, despite the […]

Employer liable for Customer Service Officer’s recreational netball injury

March 7, 2019

Rye and Comcare [2018] AATA 4658.   Key Points: The applicant sustained an injury while participating in a netball game. The Tribunal was satisfied that her employer had actively encouraged her to participate in the netball game and, therefore this injury was compensable under the SRC Act.   Background: The applicant was employed by the […]

How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Navy Patrol Boat? 31.5 Million!

March 6, 2019

DMS Maritime Pty Limited v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc [2018] QSC 303.   Key Point: When an insurer denies liability for a claim, or allows its insured to resolve a potentially insured loss against a third party, it loses control of the process. When this occurs, a Court will allow an insured significant […]

Dead driver owes police officer duty

February 12, 2019

Caffrey v AAI Limited [2019] QSC 7.   Key Point: Negligent drivers who cause an accident owe a duty of care to police officers who attend the accident scene. Background: The plaintiff was a police officer who developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after attending the scene of a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. The […]

Don’t fall for a smoko: compo for fast food worker injured while smoking before shift

January 30, 2019

Mandep Sarkaria v Workers’ Compensation Regulator [2019] ICQ 001.   Key Points: The entire premises of a workplace won’t necessarily be considered a worker’s “place of employment.” A “place of employment” can change depending on the work performed at that time. “Ordinary recess” includes the pre-start time a worker is at the place of employment. […]

Crikey – kangaroo chaos! Was the risk of colliding with a ‘roo obvious and should the Council have paid big bucks to erect a ‘roo proof airport fence?

January 22, 2019

Kempsey Shire Council v Five Star Medical Centre Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 308. Key Points & Implications:  This case is an example of how public authorities can successfully rely upon Section 42 of the Civil Liability Act to avoid liability in circumstances where there are budgetary and resourcing constraints. The argument that a risk is […]

Mandatory counselling? Queensland Supreme Court says “No”

January 7, 2019

James v State of Queensland [2018] QSC 188.   Key Points: The plantiff (a paramedic) claimed mandatory follow-up post trauma by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) would have reduced his psychiatric injury and should have been imposed. The plantiff was aware that counselling was available to him under QAS’ autonomous mental wellbeing support programme. The […]

Tribunal flexes its jurisdictional muscle in medical treatment claim

December 10, 2018

Kumatia and Comcare [2018] AATA 1505.   Key Points: Comcare argued that a claim for medical treatment, without a substantive claim for compensation, did not confer the Tribunal with jurisdiction to determine liability. The Tribunal determined that claims for medical treatment can form the basis of a claim for compensation where the decision-maker has considered […]

Christmas party season: if it isn’t official, it isn’t compensable

November 28, 2018

Mozsny and Comcare [2018] AATA 1966. Key Points: The question was: whether an injury suffered at an unofficial Christmas party (attended by work colleagues) happened during the course of employment. The injury occurred outside of the normal place of employment at an event that was not officially approved or endorsed by the employer. The Tribunal […]