- Practice Direction No 1 - Determination of matters ‘on the papers’
- Practice Direction No 2 - Adjournment of proceedings
- Practice Direction No 3 - Information, documents and other evidence
- Practice Direction No 4 - Correction of “obvious error”
- Practice Direction No 5 – Question of law
- Practice Direction No 6 – Appeal against a decision of an Arbitrator
- Practice Direction No 7A - Directions for production
- Practice Direction No 7B - Summons to attend
- Practice Direction No 8 - Notice for production
- Practice Direction No 9 - Applications to admit late documents
- Practice Direction No 10 – Interim payment directions for weekly payments of compensation or medical expenses compensation
- Practice Direction No 11 - Permanent impairment disputes
- Practice Direction No 12 - Joinder of other parties and disputes
- Practice Direction No 13 - Schedule of earnings
- Practice Direction No 14 - Workplace injury management disputes
- Practice Direction No 15 - Work capacity disputes
- Practice Direction No 16 - Appeal against Medical Assessment
- Practice Direction No 17 - Reconsideration Applications
- Practice Direction No 18 - Hearing of Proceedings
- Approved Medical Specialist Code of Conduct
- Access and equity service charter - Workers Compensation Commission
- Access to compensation papers
- Arbitrator's code of conduct
- WCC venue policy
- Policy on publication of decisions in the Workers Compensation Commission
- Provision of interpreter services
- Registrar's practice guide for work injury damages in the Workers Compensation Commission
- Registrar's practice guide for death claims
- Security at Commission hearings
- Sound recording and transcription of commission proceedings
- Standards of conduct during proceedings in the Workers Compensation Commission
- The practice of the conciliation/arbitration process in the Workers Compensation Commission
- Workers Compensation Commission guidelines for media representatives
Workers Compensation Commission guidelines for media representatives
These Guidelines apply to Commission’s arbitration hearings and appeal hearings against the decision of an Arbitrator. These proceedings are open to the media and the public unless the Commission orders otherwise. Mediation and conciliations are conducted in private and are not open to the public or media.
Arbitrator appeal hearings as well as arbitration hearings lists are also published daily on electronic boards at the Commission’s premises on Level 21, 1 Oxford St Darlinghurst.
Media access to the Commission
Media representatives are asked to respect the privacy and rights of other parties, representatives and witnesses who are attending the Commission’s premises.
Electronic recording including filming and still photography of the Commission’s hearing rooms and public areas (Floors 19, 20 and 21 at 1 Oxford St Darlinghurst) is not permitted without the prior permission of the President or Registrar. As a general rule, filming to illustrate a decision by a Commission Arbitrator or Presidential member for the purposes of a daily news story will not be permitted.
Media attendance at Commission hearings
Media representatives are welcome to attend Commission hearings in order to assist them report on Commission decisions. Please check with the Level 21 Concierge before visiting a hearing room in the Commission to ensure that the matter being heard is open to the public and the media. Seating is ordinarily available in the back row of the Commission’s hearing rooms. Standing in Commission hearing rooms whilst proceedings are conducted is not permitted.
Media representatives are asked to ensure they respect the Commission’s obligation to conduct proceedings in a fair, independent and professional manner. Media representatives are asked to comply with the following whilst attending Commission hearings:
- Electronic recording of Commission hearings including filming, photography or audio recording is not permitted;
- Mobile devices must be turned off;
- Talking and whispering loudly in the hearing room whilst matters are being heard is not permitted; and
- Eating and drinking is not permitted.
Media representatives who do not comply with these guidelines and disrupt proceedings will be asked to leave the hearing room by the presiding Presidential member or Arbitrator.
Difficulties in observing a public hearing (either an Arbitration hearing or an appeal to Presidential member) should be raised with the Commission’s Registrar.
Access to Transcripts
Transcripts from appeal hearings are available from the Commission. The Commission may charge a fee.
Access to Commission decisions
The Commission publishes many of its decisions on its website. Please contact the Commission’s Registrar if you are seeking access to an unpublished decision of the Commission.
From time to time, the Commission may publish a précis or decision summary to assist the media in reporting upon a particular Commission decision.
Members of the Commission and staff cannot comment on specific decisions, however Commission representatives may provide public comment and interviews as appropriate. Interviews should be arranged through the Commission’s Registrar.
Media representatives should direct their enquiries to Rod Parsons, Registrar on (02) 8281 6403 or by email to email@example.com.