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Arbitration​

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     The Fair Work Commission can only conduct arbitration in a general protections dismissal case if you and your employer agree.

    What is arbitration?

     Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution like a hearing. In an arbitration a member of the Fair Work Commission hears evidence from you and your employer, and makes a decision about your case.

    If you cannot come to an agreement at conciliation, you and your employer can agree to have the matter decided by arbitration at the Fair Work Commission.  A date for arbitration will be set on a different day, possibly several months after the conciliation has taken place.

    If the decision of the Commission involves the payment of money to you, it  can be registered as a judgment of the Local Court and enforced. The Commission cannot enforce the order to pay.

    Alert Icon Your employer may object to your application because:

    • you made the application late
    • they do not believe you are a national system employee
    • for some other reason.

    If your employer objects to your application, you should get legal advice.

    What happens at arbitration

    At arbitration, you will be given a chance to present your evidence (including any witnesses) as will your employer. After this, a member of the Commission will make a decision in your case and make orders about whether your dismissal was in breach of a general protection (and what should be done if you were). The orders made could include:

    • an order that you be reinstated to your job
    • an order that you are paid compensation.

    The Commission will not make orders that the employer write you a reference or pay you other amounts of money they owe you (like unpaid wages or entitlements). Orders are only about your dismissal. You would have to start a case in the federal Circuit Court to get orders about unpaid wages.

    Preparing for arbitration

    Before arbitration you should start preparing your case. The Commission will send you:

    • a Notice of Listing that tells you the date of arbitration
    • instructions on what you must do before arbitration (for example, file witness statements by a certain date).

    These instructions are called 'directions'. For more information, see Directions and Preparing for arbitration.

    Presenting your case at arbitration

    Before you go to arbitration, you need to understand how it works and plan how you are going to present your case. For more information, see Presenting your case at arbitration.

    For answers to commonly asked questions, see Going to the Fair Work Commission - Frequently Asked Questions.