Two workplace experts appointed to SA Employment Tribunal

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman has today announced two experienced South Australian lawyers have been appointed as Deputy Presidents of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET).

Tony Rossi has been made a Judge of the District Court and Deputy President of the SAET, while Stuart Cole has been appointed as a Magistrate and Deputy President of the Tribunal.

Both are well known within South Australia for their expertise in workplace relations law and workers compensation.

Mr Rossi, a recent past President of the Law Society of South Australia, is an experienced employment and industrial lawyer, with specialist practice in workers compensation, workplace relations and common law damages for personal injury.

Prior to joining the bar in 1986, Mr Cole held roles as a researcher and lecturer within the South Australian Institute of Technology (now UniSA) and currently practices within Wright Chambers.

Mr Cole’s 30-plus years in the law have included work on personal injury claims - including workers compensation and medical negligence cases, criminal injury compensation and motor vehicle injury – as well as administrative law and appellate work within SAET, the Supreme Court and the Federal Court.

Attorney-General Chapman said Mr Rossi will replace the retiring Deputy President Judge Peter Hannon while Mr Cole has been appointed to cover the vacancy created by the imminent retirement of SAET Deputy President Magistrate Michael Ardlie.

She welcomed both Mr Rossi and Mr Cole to their new roles, saying their in-depth knowledge of the discipline was a perfect fit for the SAET.

“We are very fortunate to have access to two highly regarded experts in this field. They bring with them decades of practical experience, which will be of enormous benefit to the Tribunal,” she said.

Mr Rossi will formally commence in his new role on 13 May 2019, while Mr Cole begins on 3 April 2019.