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Statement from the State Coroner
13 June 2013
New Operating Model
I am pleased to announce today the final operating model for the Coroners Court of Victoria.
Today’s announcement is the culmination of a 10-month project that sought to identify process and organisational improvements to create a more efficient and improved sustainable coronial system for all Victorians.
In April this year, the court announced a new proposed operating model detailing the rationale for change and outlining a revised corporate structure.
The information was provided to all court staff and the Community Public Sector Union for their consultation and input pursuant to clause 10 of the Victorian Public Service Workplace Determination 2012.
The court received a number of submissions from staff in May, several of which are incorporated in the final operating model.
The final operating model including suggestions from staff includes the following key changes :
- the creation of five court administration officer positions which will further enhance the level of support provided to the coroners
- the creation of the position of support solicitor for each Coroner
- the addition of another solicitor, registrar and court administration officer position to commence earlier as part of a statewide model for the investigation of coronial deaths occurring in regional Victoria
- the increase of a part time to full-time administrative assistant position within the Coroners Prevention Unit.
I am confident the final organisational model will deliver significant benefits to those members of our community whose death of a loved one is investigated within the coronial jurisdiction. These changes will enable the court to more effectively and efficiently perform its statutory functions, to reduce delay and to provide an improved regional coronial service across the State.
Finally, I wish to extend my gratitude to the staff of the court who have worked so tirelessly and professionally throughout this process.
Judge Ian Gray