Top cop believes compo not coming soon
Outgoing Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan remains hopeful a workers’ compensation scheme for officers will become a reality but does not expect it will be introduced soon.
WA is the only jurisdiction in Australia without a workers’ compensation scheme for police, which Mr O’Callaghan believes the Labor Government is committed to changing.
“I don’t see that being resolved in the next five weeks, which is what I’ve got left,” he said.
The Liberal government promised a scheme last year but the police union and the Medically Retired WA Police Officers Association said the plan did not go far enough. Mr O’Callaghan said it was possible to devise a scheme that applied to those with mental illness.
“PTSD and psychological impairment are obviously big contributors to people retiring early, so I think it will be a major factor,” he said.