​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 |

Time limits

    What is the time limit?

    Alert Icon  If you want to make a general protections dismissal application, you must do so within 21 days of the date you were dismissed.

     You need to make sure the Fair Work Commission (the Commission)  receives your application within this time.

    The day you were dismissed will usually be either the last day you worked or when you were told you were dismissed (whichever is later). If you are not sure of the date you must make your application by, you should get legal advice urgently.

    Hint icon  If the relevant day to lodge your application is a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday you can make your application on the next business day, but you must make sure that the Commission receives your application by that day. For example, if the last day for making an application is Sunday 10 June, and Monday 11 June is a public holiday, the application can be made no later than Tuesday 12 June. It is also possible to file your application electronically (such as by email or by using the Commission's eFiling system), and you should do so before midnight on the last day for making the application

    Late applications

    The Commission may accept late applications in very limited circumstances. Some examples of when the Commission may accept late applications include where:

    • you were in hospital
    • you had legal advice that was wrong
    • you had a lawyer and the application was late because they made a mistake
    • your application was late because of a mistake made by the Commission.

    Whether a late application will be accepted will depend on all the circumstances of your case. The Commission will also look at:

    • the strength of your case
    • whether you disputed the dismissal
    • whether it would be fair to allow you to have an extension (considering other people that have been in a similar position to you)
    • whether accepting the late application would cause unfairness to the employer.

    Alert Icon  If more than 21 days have passed since you were dismissed, you should get legal advice urgently.


    For a handy guide to all the requirements you have to meet to make a general protections dismissal application, see Checklist: Making a general protections dismissal application.

    For answers to commonly asked questions, see Can you apply? - Frequently Asked Questions.

    Alert Icon  You should get legal advice if you have been dismissed or are having problems at work. You may have other options, such as:

    • unfair dismissal claim if you were dismissed (for more information, see Unfair dismissal)
    • discrimination claim (if you have been discriminated against at work)
    • bullying claim (if you have not been dismissed but are experiencing workplace bullying).