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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 info@wamrpoliceredress.wa.gov.au 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 info@wamrpoliceredress.wa.gov.au.

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 info@wamrpoliceredress.wa.gov.au.

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 info@wamrpoliceredress.wa.gov.au or call 08 6229 5868 for other enquiries or assistance.

Centrelink Update

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.

Eligibility summary

Applicants must meet all the five eligibility criteria:

A sworn WA Police or APL Officer
Medically retired
Work-related illness or injury contributed to retirement
No serious conviction
Must still be living

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Minister’s message

Serving our community as a member of the Western Australia Police Force is an honourable, challenging and sometimes dangerous vocation.

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It is much more than just a job, and it commands the greatest respect from Western Australians.

When the McGowan Government was elected in 2017, we committed to reform the past arrangements for police officers who had to retire from the WA Police Force through a Section 8 notice. It has been a priority of mine to reform the current medical retirement process, to ensure fairness and dignity to those affected police officers. These officers deserve respect and recognition.

In acknowledging this, our Government established the Police Redress scheme, which is the first of its kind in Australia. This scheme recognises those officers who, in the past, became ill or were injured in the line of duty, and as a result, were medically retired.

The Police Redress scheme and website have been designed to be as straightforward as possible, recognising that each application will be assessed in a sensitive manner.

When Parliament resumes next year, I will be introducing legislation to separate those who are medically boarded out from those who leave through the loss of confidence provisions of Section 8. This will ensure that those who are medically retired in the future can do so with dignity and respect.

I am delighted to have been able to fulfil the McGowan Government’s commitment to our police officers, and to enact legislative reform so that officers will not be medically retired through a Section 8 notice, but will be retired with dignity and respect.

I encourage all those affected police officers who are eligible, to make an application under the Police Redress scheme.

Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA
Minister for Police