Community Services Appeals Tribunal President Appointment

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SpeakersKaldis The Hon James; Dyer The Hon Ron
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The Hon. J. KALDIS: I address my question without notice to the Minister for Community Services. Will the Minister advise the House whether a new appointment has been made to head the Community Services Appeals Tribunal?

The Hon. R. D. DYER: I commend the Hon. J. Kaldis for his continuing interest in disability issues. I am pleased to advise that Ms Nancy Hennessy has accepted an offer to become the president of the Community Services Appeals Tribunal. Ms Hennessy's three-year term will take affect from Wednesday, 25 June. The Community Services Appeals Tribunal handles appeals against certain decisions made by the Department of Community Services, the Ageing and Disability
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Department and the Minister responsible for those departments. The tribunal was established by the Community Services (Complaints, Appeals and Monitoring) Act 1993. It can hear appeals on decisions regarding guardianship, the licensing of children's services, the fostering of State wards, and disability services.

Ms Hennessy comes to the position of president of the tribunal with excellent credentials in administrative law. For the past seven years she has worked as manager of the legal and policy branch of the Anti-Discrimination Board. Prior to that Ms Hennessy, who is a solicitor, worked in private practice and with the Australian Law Reform Commission. I look forward to a productive relationship with Ms Hennessy in this complex area when she takes up her post next week. I thank Ms Robin Gurr for her service as the previous president of the Community Services Appeals Tribunal, and wish her all the best for the future.