Victim/survivors of Crime in the Workplace: Interactions between workplace injuries and criminal injuries compensation and financial assistance

Dr Robert Guthrie1

1Office Of Criminal Injuries Compensation Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Australian academic Bowie has identified a typology of workplace violence which features four broad categories, namely “intrusive” “consumer related”, “relationship related” and “organisational” violence.  Identifying the workplace duties provides an insight into the likelihood of workplace violence and consequently informs the potential for legal proceedings against employers or others.   This paper explores the typology of workplace injuries as proposed by Bowie and considers the relationship between criminal injuries compensation and victims financial assistance schemes and workplace injuries. In considering this relationship the paper also reflects on the gendered nature of some forms of workplace violence and the changing nature of coverage for victim/survivor payments


Dr Rob Guthrie is the Adjunct Professor of Workers Compensation and Workplace Law at Curtin University in Perth Western Australia.  He was admitted to practice as Barrister and Solicitor in 1982 and practiced in the area of workers compensation for approximately 10 years before turning to academic research into the area.  He was the author of reports to the WA Government on workers compensation in 1991, 1999 and 2001. He was part of the WA WorkCover Review in 2009.  In 2011-12 he was on the National Committee to advise the Federal Minister for Employment in relation to Asbestos removal in Australia.  He has been a consultant to WorkCover WA and various Ministers responsible for workers compensation legislation.

He holds B Juris, LLB LLM MCom and PhD.  He is the author of LexisNexis Workers Compensation Western Australia and has published over 80 articles in peer-referred journals.

He was sworn in as Magistrate/Assessor of Criminal Injuries Compensation in 2010.



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