Peter Crethary

Peter has been acting for Commonwealth Government Departments and Agencies since 1996. He also acts for self-insured licensees under the Comcare scheme.

Peter is one of the most experienced practitioners in National Workers’ Compensation in Australia, providing full front to back end service for his clients. He also practices in the area of judicial review and administrative law. Peter specialises in representing corporate self-insureds and the Government in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Courts. He is also an experienced advocate in these jurisdictions when matters proceed to hearing.

Peter has for the past three years, most recently in 2020, been recognised as a leader in the area of Insurance/Workers’ Compensation in Doyle’s Guide.


Peter’s experience includes advising:

  • Federal Government Departments and Agencies such as Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Defence, Australian Taxation Office and Comcare in Workers’ Compensation and Judicial Review matters;
  • Blue chip clients in the logistics and money transit security industries in various Federal Courts and Tribunals;
  • Large Corporations in relation to applying for a self-insurance license under the Comcare scheme, including obtaining approval from the Minster, drafting claims documents and manuals and assisting with training of delegates managing the claims portfolio;
  • Both Government and self-insureds on decision making processes, including drafting initial determinations and reconsiderations, formulating strategies to progress claims and negotiating outcomes prior to matters proceeding to the AAT;
  • Both Government and self-insureds in relation to the sustainability of reviewable decisions, including preparing T-documents and progressing applications for review. As part of this process he also appears at conciliation conferences and hearings at the tribunal and in appeals to the Federal Court; and
  • Government Departments, such as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, where he is required to act as an advocate in hearings involving the Repatriation Commission.

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