A scheme for medically retired WA Police Officers
The Western Australian Government set up the medically retired Police Redress scheme, because it believed the treatment of former police officers who were medically retired under Section 8 of the Police Act 1892 for a work-related illness or injury was unpleasant and undignified.
The purpose of the scheme was to acknowledge their separation from the agency under section 8 should have been done better and to show them the dignity and respect they deserve. The scheme was not about compensation for loss of income or their injury. This would hopefully go some way towards making amends for the way this group of officers were treated when they left the service.
October 2019 Update
The period to request a review in response to the Police Redress ineligibility letters closed on Friday 27 September 2019.
The review requests will now be considered and applicants will be advised of the result in due course. Every effort is being made to complete this process as quickly as possible.
Announcement 12 September 2019: Review Period Extended
The Independent Assessment Panel has made a decision to extend the deadline for the submission of review requests until 4.00pm on Friday, 27 September 2019.
Please contact the Redress Project Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 08 6229 5868 if you have any questions.
September 2019 Update
Letters advising whether applicants are eligible or ineligible for the Scheme have been mailed. If you would like a copy of the letter to also be emailed to you, let us know on 08 6229 5868 or by emailing email@example.com.
The letters have been signed on behalf of the Independent Assessment Panel to ensure that applicant details continue to be confidential to the Panel.
There is a two-week review period, commencing from the date of the letter. The review will provide an opportunity to raise concerns about the administrative processes which led to the decision. It is not a merits review.
Review requests, including the reason you are requesting the review, must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who are eligible for the Scheme can expect to receive an offer of payment around October / November 2019. Applicants will have four weeks to decide whether to accept the offer. Payments are expected to be made before the end of the year.
Update on Western Australia Police Star Medal
When the WA medically retired Police Redress scheme was being planned there was a realisation that many applicants would be eligible to receive the Police Star and possibly other WA Police Force Awards and Honours.
The intention was that Police Star eligibility would be assessed at the same time as Redress assessments.
As it transpired it would not have been possible to assess Police Star eligibility without providing personal information to the WA Police Honours and Awards team. This would have breached applicants' confidentiality as well as privacy laws.
Information on the various honours and awards, and how to apply, will be included with the letters advising applicants of their eligibility status. In the meantime if you would like further information or to apply for an honour, please email Academy-HonoursandAwardsSMAIL@police.wa.gov.au or call 08 9301 9677. You are able to self nominate for the honours.
Contact the Redress Team at email@example.com or call 08 6229 5868 for other enquiries or assistance.
The impact of a WA medically retired Police Redress payment on Centrelink / social security payments has been updated in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.
Applicants must meet all the five eligibility criteria:
Applications have closed