​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |
LawAccess NSW > Representing Yourself

Enforcing orders

    Enforcing orders made by the Fair Work Commission

    If your employer does not follow an order made by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) it is possible to apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for orders enforcing the Commission's decision. The Federal Court/Federal Circuit Court can order that compensation be paid to you for any loss you have suffered because your employer did not do what they were supposed to. Your employer can also be fined.

    Alert Icon  If your employer does not follow an order made by the Commission and you want to enforce the orders, you must make your application within six years of the breach. If you're not sure how to apply, or whether you're within the time limit, you should get legal advice.

    How do you apply?

    Usually, applications should be made to the Federal Circuit Court. If the matter is complicated, the Federal Circuit Court may transfer it to the Federal Court.

    To make an application to the Federal Circuit Court you need to complete an 'Application - Fair Work Division' Form. The form is available:

    You must also complete an affidavit and send it with your application form. There is no set form. You can use the standard 'Affidavit' form available from the Federal Circuit Court website​.

    Once you have completed the forms you must file them at a registry office and pay a filing fee of $69.60 (as at July 2016).

    Before making an application to the Federal Circuit Court you should get legal advice.

    What orders can the court make?

    The Federal Circuit Court may:

    • make an order stopping the employer from breaching the order or make an order to fix the breach
    • award you compensation for any loss you have suffered because the employer has not followed the Commission's order
    • reinstate your employment.

    What fines can the court impose?

    If your employer is an individual they can be fined 60 penalty units. Each penalty unit is worth $180.00, this means your employer can face a maximum fine of $10 800 (as at July 2016).

    If your employer is a corporation they can be fined five times as much as an individual. This means your employer can face a maximum fine of $54 000 (as at July 2016).

    Alert Icon  Before you apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court to enforce the Commission's orders, you should get legal advice.

    Enforcing orders made by the Federal Circuit Court

    If the court has made orders about your employer paying you money and they have not done so, there are things you can do to try and force them to follow the orders. This process is called 'enforcement'.

    Icon: Hint  If your employer does not follow an order to reinstate you, they may be in 'contempt of court'. It is possible for the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court to punish parties that do things that are in contempt of court.

    How do you enforce a judgment?

    You can ask the court to make an order that the judgment be enforced by:

    • taking some of your employer's wages or salary (called a garnishee order for wages or salary)
    • taking money from your employer's bank account or having a third party who owes your employer money pay you directly (called a garnishee order for a debt)
    • getting the sheriff to sell your employer's property to pay you (called a writ for levy of property).

    If the judgment debt is more than $5000 and your employer is an individual, you can have them declared bankrupt by applying to the court. However, this is an expensive and complex way of enforcing the judgment and you should get legal advice before taking this action.

    If you employer is a company, it can be wound up. To wind up a company you must show that it is insolvent (unable to pay its debts). This can be done by issuing a statutory demand. If the judgment debtor company does not respond to a statutory demand within 21 days you can file an application for a winding up order in the Supreme Court. This is an expensive and complex way of enforcing the debt and you should get legal advice before taking this action.

    You may also be able to register the orders made by the court as a judgment in the Local Court of NSW. You should get legal advice about whether you are able to do this.

    You will need to complete a 'Form 45: Registration or Filing of (Certificate of) Judgment/Order'. You can get copies of this form from:

    After you complete the form, you will need to attach Federal Circuit Court order and file the form at any Local Court. The filing fee is $90.00 for an individual and $180.00 for a corporation (as at July 2016). Once the order is registered, it will have the same effect as a judgment of the Local Court.

    Icon: Hint  If you are able to register the orders as a judgment of the Local Court of NSW, you can then enforce the judgment using the procedures set out in the After the case section of the 'Debt - small claims' topic of this website.

    Alert Icon  Enforcing court decisions is complicated and you should get legal advice about the best steps to take.

    Picture of a federal magistrate in the Federal Magistrates Court ​