Merit Protection Commissioner

We contribute to safe, effective and harmonious public sector workplaces through our review, complaint and inquiry functions

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If you are an APS or Parliamentary Service employee, we can assist you by conducting an independent review of a workplace action or decision that you think isn't fair, or isn't correct.
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Review of workplace decisions

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When you’re involved in a workplace dispute, finding the right pathway can be difficult. Especially if you think a decision made about you is wrong, unfair, or unreasonable.

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Has your application for flexible work arrangements or leave been rejected? Are you unhappy with how your complaint about bullying or harassment was handled? Have you been found to have breached the Code of Conduct, received a poor performance review, a sanction, or a suspension?

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If you’re an APS or Parliamentary Service employee, you have a right to review certain decisions or actions that relate to your employment.

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The Merit Protection Commissioner offers an independent review for all ongoing, non-ongoing, and casual employees.

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For some types of disputes, you will need to seek a review with your agency first to resolve the issue.

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If you’re not satisfied with the outcome, you can tell your agency that you would like a secondary review by the MPC, and they must send your matter to us.

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For significant work-related decisions and actions, you can come directly to us for a first and final review.

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Things like:

 • if your agency head was involved or is the decision maker,

• you’ve been found to have breached the Code of Conduct, or been given a sanction,

• the issue is so serious or sensitive that it’s inappropriate for your agency to deal with it,

• or, there’s an action that you think is victimisation or harassment for a previous review application you have made.

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If you’re unsure of the right pathway, get in touch with us.

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Find out more on our website, or contact one of our team members.

[MPC contact details appear: mpc.gov.au, (02) 8239 5330, review@mpc.gov.au]

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Understand your entitlement to have actions or decisions that affect your employment reviewed as an APS or Parliamentary Service employee. Find out how to apply, if you’re eligible, and what actions and decisions the Merit Protection Commissioner can and cannot review.

Review of promotion decisions

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You’ve been working hard and applied for a promotion, but were unsuccessful in getting the job.

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Did you know, as an ongoing APS or Parliamentary Service employee, you have a right to have certain promotion decisions reviewed by the Merit Protection Commissioner?.

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We can help if you applied for a role at a higher classification than your current role, from levels 1 to 6

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The role was advertised in the APS Gazette with the location that you applied for,

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And an ongoing public servant was promoted into that role.

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We aren’t able to review internal acting opportunities, Expressions of Interests, roles filled by a fellow public servant at the same level as the advertised job, a non-ongoing employee, or someone outside of the APS or Parliamentary Service.

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If you see a ‘promotion notice’ in the APS Gazette, and it was a job and location you applied for, you have 14 days to apply to us for a review.

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Simply fill out an online form. Tell us a bit about you, which position you applied for, and who was promoted into the role.

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We will review the decision and ensure the person with the most merit is promoted into that job.

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Find out more on our website, or contact one of our team members.

[MPC contact details appear: mpc.gov.au, (02) 8239 5330, review@mpc.gov.au]

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As an APS or Parliamentary Service employee, you have the right to have certain promotion decisions reviewed by the Merit Protection Commissioner. Find out if you’re eligible, and how to apply.

Our performance in July – September 2021

Received application
Review of workplace decisions

Finalised in 35 days.

Received application
Review of promotion decisions

Received 350 applications.

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Enquiries

Responded to 313 enquiries.