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Appointment of referees

232 Appointment of referees

(1) The Minister, or chief executive, (the appointer) may appoint a person to be a referee, by an appointment notice, if the appointer considers the person—
(a) has the qualifications or experience prescribed by regulation; and
(b) has demonstrated an ability—
(i) to negotiate and mediate outcomes between parties to a proceeding; and
(ii) to apply the principles of natural justice; and
(iii) to analyse complex technical issues; and
(iv) to communicate effectively, including, for example, to write informed succinct and well-organised decisions, reports, submissions or other documents.
(2) The appointer may—
(a) appoint a referee for the term, of not more than 3 years, stated in the appointment notice; and
(b) reappoint a referee, by notice, for further terms of not more than 3 years.
(3) If an appointer appoints a public service officer as a referee, the officer holds the appointment concurrently with any other appointment that the officer holds in the public service.
(4) A referee must not sit on a tribunal unless the referee has given a declaration, in the approved form and signed by the referee, to the chief executive.
(5) The appointer may cancel a referee’s appointment at any time by giving a notice, signed by the appointer, to the referee.
(6) A referee may resign the referee’s appointment at any time by giving a notice, signed by the referee, to the appointer.
(7) In this section—

"appointment notice" means—
(a) if the Minister gives the notice—a gazette notice; or
(b) if the chief executive gives the notice—a notice given to the person appointed as a referee.

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