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Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 No 86
Current version for 22 November 2019 to date (accessed 6 June 2020 at 12:15)
356 Representation before Commission
(1) A person who is a party to proceedings before the Commission is entitled to be represented by a legal practitioner or by an agent.(2) The Commission may refuse to permit a party to be represented by an agent if of the opinion that the agent does not have sufficient authority to make binding decisions on behalf of the party.(3) In proceedings in respect of a claim, the Commission may refuse to permit an insurer to be represented by a legal practitioner if the claimant is not represented by a legal practitioner.(4) A party to proceedings before the Commission is entitled to such representation or assistance (for example, the assistance of an interpreter) as may be necessary to enable the party to communicate adequately at any conference or hearing.(5) The Commission must take into account any written submission prepared by a legal practitioner acting for a party to proceedings and submitted by or on behalf of the party (whether or not the party is represented by a legal practitioner at any conference or hearing in the proceedings).(6) In this section, agent means—(a) an officer of an industrial organisation of employers or employees registered under the Industrial Relations Act 1996, or(b) an officer of an association of employers or employees registered under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 of the Commonwealth, or(c) a person employed by a licensed insurer or former licensed insurer or by a self-insurer, or(d) a person employed by a solicitor, solicitor corporation or incorporated legal practice.