Most Recent Q&As


When does my 21-day period start?

If you wish to lodge an Unfair Dismissal or General Protections Involving Dismissal application with the Fair Work Commission, you have 21 days beginning from the date your dismissal takes effect.


My employer has made allegations against me but has only given me a limited time to respond. Do I have to respond within their deadline?

At common law, employers are not under an obligation to conduct workplace investigations in a manner that is fair or reasonable: see Commonwealth Bank v Barker (2014). Despite this, the law does provide workers with very powerful protections against the unreasonable and capricious demands of their employers. Therefore an employee has to be very careful how he/she participates.


What can I do if I am unhappy with a decision made by a member of the Fair Work Commission i.e extension of time hearing or arbitration?

There are many barriers to an appeal even in the best case. For starters, there is no automatic right to appeal. A person aggrieved by a decision of a member of the Fair Work Commission must first seek leave in order to bring an appeal before the Appeal Bench. Applications for leave to appeal must be brought within a 21 day time limit.

User Guide to the Fair Work Act

This is your best guide to the complex Fair Work Act. It makes navigating the act easy.

Accessing the Law

Lots of laws apply to you

Multiple laws will apply to your individual case.

Fair Work Act 2009 - protection and compensation

Find out how this Act influences your case.

Dealing with misleading conduct by your employer

The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 limits the way employers can conduct themselves.

Court Links

Find a useful list of courts and institutions which may be involved in your case.

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