Australia: Barry Sherriff, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, named Chair of Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
Last Updated: 26 July 2014

Barry Sherriff, partner at global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright, has been formally announced as the next Chair of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC).

Mr Sherriff has accepted the role in addition to his ongoing work as a dispute resolution partner in the occupational health, safety and security (OHSS) practice in Norton Rose Fulbright's Melbourne office.

Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz congratulated Mr Sherriff on his appointment, saying he "has a very strong understanding of work health and safety and workers' compensation laws and is well equipped to be Chair of the Commission".

"The Government has introduced legislation into the Parliament to streamline the self-insurance scheme, including making the SRCC a one-stop shop. Mr Sherriff is well placed to lead the SRCC as it enters this new role."

Wayne Spanner, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, welcomed the appointment.

"Barry is a valued member of our partnership and a genuine leader in his field," Mr Spanner said. "This appointment is a credit to his long and dedicated contribution to occupational health and safety law in Australia. It is also an example of the strength of the Norton Rose Fulbright OHSS practice and the high regard with which our partners and lawyers are held."

Mr Sherriff has written several occupational health and safety publications, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia and a Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Law Specialist. In 2008 and 2009 he co-authored the National Review into Model Occupational Health and Safety Laws.

The SRCC is a statutory body established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, which regulates the workers' compensation arrangements of Australian Government employees, Australian Capital Territory public sector employers, and employees of corporations licensed to self-insure under the relevant Act.

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