You can print this worksheet and fill it out to help you prepare for your conciliation (or mediation) at the Fair Work Commission (the Commission).
Once you have filled it out, you can keep this worksheet with you during the conciliation and use it to help you remember important information.Don't give the worksheet to the employer or the Commission! These notes are just for you.
2. Read the employer's responseUse this space to write down notes about the employer's response to your application, including anything you believe is wrong or misleading.
3. Understand how the law applies to your caseRead about general protections
You should make sure you understand national laws about general protections and how they apply to you.Read the materials on this website on
Can you apply? and
What are general protections? Use this space to write down notes about which general protection(s) in the Fair Work Act applies to your case and how your employer has breached the law.
Find out if you are owed any moneyYou should also find out whether you are owed any other money by your employer, such as:
To work out what you should have been paid and what you are owed, see
Finding employment law.Use this space to write down notes about any other payments the employer owes you. It is possible to ask for these amounts to be included in any settlement agreement.
Get advice on Centrelink and other paymentsDo you get:
Get advice on what will happen to these payments if your employer agrees to pay you compensation to settle the case.
Get legal advice and arrange representationEven if you are representing yourself, it is a good idea to get
legal advice before you go to conciliation.You can talk to a solicitor about:
If you want a lawyer to represent you at the conciliation, you should arrange this now.If you decide you want a lawyer to represent you after you have made your application, you will need to send a Notice of Representative Commencing to Act (Form F53) to the Commission. You can get this form from the
Fair Work Commission website.4. Think about what you want to end the disputeThink about what you want to ask for at the conciliation.Do you want:
Use this space to write down some notes about how reinstatement or redeployment could work.
Compensation (for lost wages and/or pain and suffering)?
Use this space to write down notes on the amount you are asking for.
Reference or statement of service
Use this space to write down notes on what you would like to be written in a reference or a statement of service.
At conciliation you can ask for these amounts to be paid to you. This could be part of a settlement agreement.
For help finding out if you are owed any money, see
Finding employment law. If you need more help, you should get
legal advice.Use this space to write down any other amounts of money you want to ask for. For example:
Use this space to write down notes on anything else you want to ask for. For example:
5. Ask for an interpreter if you need oneIf you did not request an interpreter in your application, tell the Commission if you want an interpreter. The Commission will arrange one for you.
6. Organise your documentsPrepare a list of the documents you want to have available during the conciliation. It is helpful to have the documents in order, for example, from earliest date to most recent.Some documents you should have are:
For more information, see Going to Conciliation - Step by step guide.