Review of workplace decisions
Any APS or Parliamentary Service employee (ongoing, non-ongoing or casual) may apply for an independent review of an action or decision that affects their employment.
Any APS or Parliamentary Service employee (other than SES employees) can apply for a review of a workplace decision (subject to certain exceptions).
Our reviews ensure decisions are lawful, as well as fair and reasonable. We consider all relevant laws, policy and facts, and recommend to confirm, vary or set aside the action or decision under review. We assess whether the action or decision was the right one in the circumstances of the case, or whether a different decision would have been preferable.
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.
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?
If you’re an APS or Parliamentary Service employee, you have a right to review certain decisions or actions that relate to your employment.
The Merit Protection Commissioner offers an independent review for all ongoing, non-ongoing, and casual employees.
For some types of disputes, you will need to seek a review with your agency first to resolve the issue.
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.
For significant work-related decisions and actions, you can come directly to us for a first and final review.
• 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.
If you’re unsure of the right pathway, get in touch with us.
Find out more on our website, or contact one of our team members.
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