The SIRA Board has established the Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee as an expert advisory sub-committee of the Board, under section 22 of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015.
The Committee will advise the SIRA Board on matters relating to dispute resolution services for injured people and insurers, across a range of personal injury compensation schemes, with each Committee Member bringing unique knowledge and experience.
Chair, Dr Graeme Innes, AM (Independent Member, SIRA Board)
Dr Innes has been involved in numerous human rights reform initiatives that have resulted in ground breaking change, perhaps most significantly as the Human Rights Commissioner for Australia. He was involved in drafting the United Nations Convention to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and has also served as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner.
Dr Innes was Chair of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia, and the first Chair of Australia's national blindness agency, Vision Australia. He also played a key role in developing the National Disability Strategy and the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010, and the establishment of Liveable Housing Australia.
Dr Innes is currently Chair of the Attitude Foundation and Life Without Barriers Nominations and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Disability Justice Council and various Life Without Barriers Boards.
In 1995, Dr Innes was entered into the Order of Australia as a Member (AM) for his contribution to the rights of people with a disability in Australia. In 2003, he was a finalist for Australian of the Year.
Member, The Hon. Mr Greg Keating (Independent Member, SIRA Board)
The Hon. Greg Keating was appointed a Judge of the NSW District Court and President of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission in 2007. He recently announced his retirement from those roles after 11 years of service to people impacted by work-related injury.
Mr Keating was admitted as a solicitor on 11 November 1980. He has practiced extensively in insurance law, defamation and industrial law. Mr Keating was an accredited personal injury practitioner. He was Managing Partner of McClellands Lawyers until its amalgamation with Slater and Gordon in August 2007.
His Honour was a director of the WorkCover Authority from 1998 to 2007. He has held honorary appointments to the Cancer Council of New South Wales and to the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association. From 1992 to 2007 he was a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Committee.
Member, Professor Tania Sourdin
Professor Tania Sourdin is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School and was previously the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University in Australia. She is also a visiting Professor at Sydney University. Professor Sourdin is an internationally-renowned scholar, researcher and practitioner in the conflict resolution field, who has held numerous senior policy and advisory appointments for more than 25 years.
Professor Sourdin has led national research projects and produced important recommendations for ADR and justice reform. In the past two decades, she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects into aspects of the dispute resolution and justice system in 12 Courts and Tribunals and six external dispute resolution schemes. Other research has focussed on justice innovation, technology, delay and systemic reforms. Her work outside Australia has included various international consultancies as an expert in relation to justice reform.
Professor Sourdin is the author of a number of books, articles and papers, and has published and presented widely on a range of topics including ADR, justice innovation, justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change. She has retained a practice focus and has worked for more than 30 years as a lawyer and mediator, 20 years in various senior part time tribunal positions and has since 2014 been the NBN industry dispute resolution advisor.
Member, Mr Andrew Stone SC
Mr Stone commenced his career in the law in 1993 before being admitted to the NSW Bar in 1997 and was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2015. He practices from Sir James Martin Chambers.
Andrew has previously been a member of the Motor Accident Council. He has been National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and is currently NSW ALA President. For over a decade, Andrew was editor of the Leslie & Britt’s Motor Vehicle Law -NSW publication.
In October 2017, Andrew was named the inaugural ALA Member of the Year in acknowledgment of his years of standing up for the rights of motor accident victims.
Andrew has written and lectured extensively on the operation of personal injury law in New South Wales.