Industrial Relations

Fairwork – The appeals process

Fairwork Commission

After we make a decision in a case, either side may apply for permission to appeal. Most appeals follow the same process unless the Appeal Bench changes it by direction or order.


Help with the appeals process

We can give you information about the procedure to appeal: contact us. We cannot give you legal advice, such as whether to appeal. If you need legal advice, see Where to find legal help.

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Model Code of Practice: Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination

If you’re a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), this model Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how to effectively consult with workers about work health and safety and meet your duties under the work health and safety (WHS) Act.

You must consult with workers who carry out work for your business or undertaking and who are (or are likely to be) directly affected by a health and safety matter. This model Code of Practice includes ways to facilitate worker participation and representation.

This model Code of Practice will also assist you if you share responsibility with other duty holders for the same health and safety matter. It provides guidance on how to consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with other duty holders to meet your duties under the WHS Act.

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National guide for safe workplaces – COVID-19

What is the purpose of this Guide and who is it for?
This Guide is to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (e.g. employers) meet their work health and safety (WHS) duties in relation to COVID-19 given the significant risk this disease presents to the health and safety of people at the workplace. Managing WHS risks during the pandemic requires flexibility to respond to changing circumstances and an ability to adapt as more becomes known about the virus and how its transmission can be managed and prevented.

Safe Work Australia has published a range of general and industry-specific advice, guidance and resources on its website to help create and maintain a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Guide aligns with and complements the existing guidance. It provides practical advice for WHS duty holders about how to work safely during the pandemic. It can be used by any duty holders under the model WHS laws that have a role in managing the risk of COVID-19, including persons conducting a business or undertaking, persons with management or control of the workplace and ‘officers’.

More information on WHS duties is available on our website. Our information on officers’ duties
may also assist.

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Dealing with Workplace Bullying – A Worker’s Guide

We are navigating through unprecedented time where employers are using bullying and harassment to coerce employees to provide their vaccination statuses.

If this was happening any time prior to March 2020, it would not be accepted and there would be bullying and harassment claims everywhere!

If you are experiencing workplace bullying and harassment, please read this resource and understand what your rights are.

Dealing with Workplace Bullying – A Worker’s Guide

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