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New Principal Claims Assessor announced for NSW CTP

notice | 19/09/2018

I am very pleased to announce that the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Hon Victor Dominello MP has appointed Ms Marie Johns as the Principal Claims Assessor under the NSW CTP schemes.

Ms Johns has an extensive legal career of more than 20 years spanning the community, private and government sectors.

The Principal Claims Assessor (PCA) is the independent statutory officer who leads the independent claims assessors under the two CTP schemes (the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 and the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017). The PCA leads and manages a group of independent legal decision makers who determine disputes about claims for compensation from people injured in motor vehicle accidents in NSW.

Ms Johns was appointed following a comprehensive search conducted by an independent executive search firm and a selection process undertaken by a panel comprising the Chief Executive of SIRA, the Deputy Chair of the SIRA Board and the President of the Workers Compensation Commission. The panel recommended a shortlist of suitable applicants to the Minister to make the final decision about the appointment.

Ms Johns has a strong legal background across motor accidents, workers’ compensation and the private sector. She has been with SIRA since late 2013 as an internal Claims Assessor, and most recently acting in the PCA role. She has held positions in the Worker Compensation Commission as a Senior Legal Officer (Legal and Medical Team) and Research Associate to the Deputy President, and as a Principal Lawyer for the Independent Legal Assistance and Review Service (ILARS) at the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO). She has also worked with the Law Society of NSW, the Bar Association of NSW, DLA Piper (formerly known as Phillips Fox Lawyers) in civil liability litigation, and spent some time as a solicitor advocate in migration disputes. Ms Johns has also previously held roles in Community Housing and Neighbour Aid.

Ms Johns holds a Degree in Law from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Science (major in psychology) from the University of Newcastle and was admitted as a solicitor in February 2005.

I am confident Ms Johns will serve the people of NSW well, undertaking the role of PCA with great professionalism, expertise and compassion, leadership, diligence and independence.

Carmel Donnelly
Chief Executive
State Insurance Regulatory Authority