The Review of Government Compensation Payments began on 4 February 2010 when the Australian Senate referred the matter to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report. The inquiry held public hearings in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, and received 185 submissions. The committee released its report on 6 December 2010.
On 04 February 2010 the Senate referred the following matter to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report:
The administration and effectiveness of current mechanisms used by federal and state and territory governments to provide discretionary payments in special circumstances, or to provide financial relief from amounts owing to governments, namely:
- state statutory schemes relating to children in care;
- payments made under 'defective administration' schemes, such as the Commonwealth Scheme for Compensation for Detriment caused by Defective Administration;
- act of grace and ex gratia payments; and
- waiver of debt schemes
Sources used to compile this entry: The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, Review of Government Compensation Payments, Commonwealth of Australia, December 2010, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/Completed_inquiries/2010-13/govtcomp/report/index.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 15 December 2010, Last modified: 31 October 2017