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Angela graduated with an Arts/Law degree in 1982 and commenced practise handling workers compensation claims for injured workers. Between 1985 and 1986, Angela worked as an Industrial and Legal Officer for the Federated Fire Fighter’s Union. In 1986, Angela returned to personal injuries and was a partner in a law firm specialising in personal injuries claims between 1992 and 2014.

Angela Sdrinis

Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist and expert in Comcare and Sexual and Institutional Abuse.   

In 2014 Angela established her own practice Angela Sdrinis Legal, a firm which specialises in Comcare and Sexual and Institutional Abuse.        

Angela has been a Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist since the scheme was introduced in 1993. She became a member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Personal Injuries Specialisation Committee in 2001 and was Chair of that Committee between 2007 and 2012. Angela was elected to the LIV Council in 2013 and is currently a member of the Executive of the Council.  Angela was a founding member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (formerly Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association) and has been on both the Victorian and National Councils. She was the first Victorian President of APLA.                    

Angela is an expert in Comcare claims and has been acting for Commonwealth employees and other workers covered by the national scheme since 1982.  Angela provided advice to the then Seamen’s Union of Australia leading up to the drafting and passing of the Seafarer’s Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992.  She was also a member of the Comcare Liaison Committee from 2005 to 2010. Angela has acted for victims of Defence abuse and supervised claims that have been pursued through the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce. Angela has made submissions to Government with respect to inquiries into the Comcare scheme. Angela has also made submissions with respect to reviews of the Comcare scheme, bullying and harassment and the management of injuries and injury claims by Australia Post.

Angela has a special interest in Sexual and Institutional Abuse and has been a passionate advocate for the rights of children abused in care. Hear Angela Sdrinis' interview by Sue Taffe for the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History Project on the National Library of Australia website by clicking here.  Angela is regarded as a leading expert in this area and has been instrumental in developing a settlement protocol in claims involving the State of Victoria and other non-Government organisations.  Angela is a founding member of the Commission of Inquiry Now (COIN) which was instrumental in pressuring the Victorian Government to set up an inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations by churches and non-government organisations.  Angela is a Director of the In Good Faith Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the recovery of victims of clergy abuse. Angela has made submissions on Sexual and institutional abuse to the Senate Inquiry into Forgotten Australians, the Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the handling of criminal abuse claims by religious and non Government organisations and to the Royal Commission into child sex abuse. Angela has been called to give evidence before two Senate Inquiries on the abuse of children in institutional care and before the Victorian Parliamentary Committee.  Angela has been invited to participate in Royal Commission Round Tables on Civil Litigation and Redress.
 
Angela Sdrinis also has over 30 years’ experience in acting for people injured in motor vehicle accidents and in public places. Angela is a member of the Law Institute Accident Compensation Committee and has been active in opposing tort reforms which have sought to abolish or reduce the rights of victims.


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Comcare

Many workers who suffer injury in the course of their employment are able to do alternative duties. However some employers can be reluctant to offer injured workers alternative duties even though under Part III the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) an employer has speciļ¬c statutory powers and functions with respect to return to work arrangements.

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Sexual and Institutional abuse

Australia is yet to see a court victory for victims of sexual abuse where a religious institution has been held liable for a group of victims who allege sexual abuse from serial clerical abusers. However last month in Canada a Montreal court ruled that the Redemptionist Order was liable to pay at least $75,000 in damages to each victim who attended a seminary run by the Order between 1960 and 1987 (http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/quebec-court-orders-religious-group-to-compensate-victims-of-sexual-abuse-1.1908884). Approximately 70 victims have come forward.

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