The WorkCover Western Australia Authority (the Board) is responsible for governance of the Agency; the provision of independent advice to the Minister and State Government; and the approval of certain service providers. Constituted under section 94(1) of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, the Board is authorised to use and operate under the trading name ‘WorkCover WA’.

The Chief Executive Officer, who is a member of the Board, directs the operations and day-to-day administration of WorkCover WA through the implementation of the Board’s strategic direction. The Chief Executive Officer and all other staff of WorkCover WA are employed under the provisions of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

This section includes information on the WorkCover WA Board and our compliance with Public Interest Disclosure and Freedom of Information legislation.

The WorkCover WA Board, under section 95 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, consists of the Chair and six members:

  • One person appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister as a member and chair of the Board and referred to as a nominee member.
  • The Chief Executive Officer of WorkCover WA.
  • The Chief Executive Officer of the department of the public service of the State principally assisting the Minister charged with the administration of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
  • Four people appointed by the Governor, on the recommendation of the Minister, as members of the Board and referred to as nominee members of whom: one is a person experienced in employers’ interests; one is a person experienced in workers’ interests; one is a person experienced in insurance matters; and one is a person experienced in accounting and financial management.

Click here to view the latest WorkCover WA Annual Report.

Chair

Chair – appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister

Ms Sharryn Jackson
was appointed as Chair of WorkCover WA’s Board from 4 January 2020. Ms Jackson has extensive Board Governance and strategy experience relevant to industrial relations, workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation.

Members

Member – Chief Executive Officer of WorkCover WA

Mr Chris White
was appointed CEO of WorkCover WA in November 2019. Mr White has more than 35 years’ experience in workers’ compensation and occupational safety and health policy in WA. Mr White has held senior policy and management roles at both WorkCover WA and WorkSafe WA. Mr White holds a Master of Arts (Public Policy) from Murdoch University.
  Member – Chief Executive Officer of the department of the Public Service of the State principally assisting the Minister charged with the administration of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.

Mr David Smith commenced as a member of the Board on 1 July 2017. Mr Smith is the Director General of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.  Previously, Mr Smith was appointed Acting Director General at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in August 2016, where he had been the Deputy Director General since August 2008. Before DPC, Mr Smith was a member of the Corporate Executive of the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF), with responsibility for economic policy and was in the DTF in a variety of positions for 12 years. Mr Smith also has more than 23 years of experience in the Commonwealth public service, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and an overseas posting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has also worked with a private economic consultancy in London.
Member – Experienced in employers’ interests 


Ms Peta Libby,
was appointed to the WorkCover WA Board from 30 December 2018 for a three year term. Ms Libby is a geologist with over 26 years’ experience in mineral exploration and business management, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Western Australia. Ms Libby is the recipient of the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy 2018 Outstanding Woman in Resources Award and is Managing Director and founder of Digirock.

Ms Libby sits on the Australian Prospectors and Miners’ Hall of Fame board, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies’ Safety Committee, and the Wedge Island Protection Association’s Heritage and Membership Sub-Committees. Ms Libby is past vice-chair of Earth Science Western Australia and served on the Mining Industry Advisory Committee, a statutory advisory committee for mine safety in WA, for six years and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Australian Drilling Industry Association.

Member – Experienced in insurance matters

Mr Llewellyn Jones was appointed to the WorkCover WA Board on 4 January 2020. Mr Jones has more than 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry and is the Executive Manager (Western Region) Workers Compensation Suncorp Insurance Group (GIO).
Owen Whittle Member – Experienced in workers’ interests

Mr Owen Whittle
was appointed to the WorkCover WA Board on 4 January 2014. Mr Whittle is the Assistant Secretary of UnionsWA, with responsibility for workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety matters. Mr Whittle was previously employed by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and is a member of the ACTU’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
Member – Experienced in accounting and financial management.


Mrs Victoria Wilmot
was appointed to the WorkCover WA Board on 4 January 2005. Mrs Wilmot had a 24 year career at the University of Western Australia where she held various roles including Business Manager Finance and Resources, Associate Director Treasury and Investments and the Deputy Director Financial Services. Mrs Wilmot is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Find out about our commitment to Public Interest Disclosure (PID) and how to make a disclosure to our PID Officers.

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Find out about our commitment to Freedom of Information (FOI) and how to make a formal request to our FOI Coordinator.

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Click here to find out about our Procedure for the release of an employer’s insurer status.