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Appeals - Unfair dismissal

If you think the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has made a mistake in your case, it may be possible to appeal to the Full Bench (three members) of the Commission. You can't appeal just because you disagree with the decision.

It is possible to appeal a decision made in a jurisdictional hearing or a decision made in a final hearing. The appeal process is the same for both. ​

    ​​​What does the Commission consider?

    You may be able to appeal if you think the Commission made a mistake about the law or about what happened (this is called an 'error of fact').

    Alert IconAppealing a decision can be complicated. Before you appeal, you should get legal advice​.

    Alert IconThink carefully before you appeal. If the Commission thinks that your appeal case was clearly weak and you had no chance of winning, it can order you to pay the respondent's legal costs in the appeal case.

    How long do you have to appeal

    You must appeal within 21 days of the decision being made. If you want to appeal, you must get permission (seek leave) from the Commission.

    If it has been more than 21 days since the decision was made, you may still be able to appeal. However, you will need to ask for an extension of time and explain why you did not file your appeal within the time limit.

    Alert IconBefore you appeal, you should get legal advice

    For answers to commonly asked questions, see After the case - Frequently Asked Questions.​

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