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Section 27(c) of the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 provides that the Workers Compenstaion Independent Review Officer may inquire into and report to the Minister on such matters arising in connection with the operation of the Workers Compensation Acts as the WIRO considers appropriate.

The Parkes Inquiry was a focus of WIRO's work during 2014 before funding to continue the project was discontinued by government.