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You can print this worksheet and fill it out to help you prepare for your mediation at the Federal Circuit Court.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 Federal Circuit Court! These notes are just for you.1. Check the time and date of the mediationIf there is a very good reason why you cannot attend at this time, contact the Federal Circuit Court straight away.Write any arrangements you need to make to be available at this time.For example:
arrange child care
arrange time off from work
2. Read the employer's response
Use 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 case
Read 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 how the law applies to your case. You could write down what general protection your employer has breached and how.
Find out if you are owed any money
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.
Get advice on Centrelink and other payments
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.
Get legal advice and arrange representation
You should get
legal advice.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.4. Think about what you want to end the disputeThink 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.
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.
Any other amounts of money your employer owes you
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
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. Work out what your legal costs and expenses are
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:
6. Organise your documents
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.