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You can print this worksheet and fill it out to help you prepare for your mediation at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
Once you have filled it out, you can keep this worksheet with you during the mediation and use it to help you remember important information.
Don't give the worksheet to the employer, the mediator, or the Court! These notes are just for you.
If there is a very good reason why you cannot attend at this time, contact the Court straight away.
Write any arrangements you need to make to be available at this time.
arrange child care
arrange time off from work
Use this space to write down notes about your employer's response to your application, including anything you believe is wrong or misleading.
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 how the law applies to your case. You could write down what general protection your employer has breached and how.
You 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.
Do you get:
Centrelink benefits or
Payments for a WorkCover claim?
Get advice on what will happen to these payments if your employer agrees to pay you compensation to settle the case.
You should get
You can talk to a solicitor about:
If you want a lawyer to represent you at the conciliation, you should arrange this now.
Use this space to write down notes about how the law affects your case.
Think about what you want to ask for at mediation.
Do you want:
to get your job back (reinstatement)
to be given a new job (redeployment)
Use this space to write down some notes about how reinstatement or redeployment could work.
Use this space to write down notes on the amount you are asking for.
Use this space to write down notes on what you would like to be written in a reference or a statement of service.
At mediation 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
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:
If you have a lawyer, you should ask your lawyer to prepare a bill for all your costs and expenses up to and including the day, or days, of mediation. That way you will be able to work out how much you will have to pay your lawyer before accepting any offers. Use this space to write down your legal costs and expenses:
Prepare a list of the documents you want to have available during the mediation. It is helpful to have the documents in order, for example, from earliest date to most recent.
Some documents you should have are:
Your notes and/or a copy of this worksheet
A copy of your application
A copy of the employer's response
Your most recent usual pay slips
Chronology (if you prepared one)
Letters or emails from your employer to you about your work performance and/or dismissal.
For more information, see
Going to mediation.