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There are three steps to follow when making a general protections dismissal application to the Fair Work Commission (the Commission):
For a tool that you can use to help you work out if you can make a general protections dismissal application, see Checklist: Making a general protections dismissal application.
You will need one form:
If you cannot afford the application fee, it is possible to apply to waive (cancel) the fee. In this case you will need a second form:
You can get a copy of the form from:
You can complete the form by:
You will be asked to provide:
If you need more space for your answer you can attach extra pages.
When you finish you must sign and date the form.
Instructions: Instructions for filling out a general protections dismissal application
Sample: General protections dismissal application
Make sure you keep a copy of the completed form for your records.
You can file the form:
If you are posting the form, make sure you give yourself plenty of time as you must meet the time limit. The Commission must receive your application within 21 days of the date you were dismissed.
The Commission may accept late applications, but usually only in exceptional cases.
The application fee is $74.90 (as at 1 July 2021). You can pay the filing fee by:
All cheques and Money Orders must be made payable to "The Collector of Public Monies - the Commission."
If you are applying by facsimile you must usually pay by credit card. If you do not have a credit card you should contact the Commission to find out if it will still accept a faxed application and allow you to pay in some other way.
If you are lodging the form by eFiling or email, do not fill in credit card details on the form. You must use the eFiling system to pay by credit card.
If you cannot pay the fee, you can apply for the Commission to waive (cancel) the fee. To apply for the waiver you will need to fill in the form "Application - Waiver of application fee" and file it with your application form. You will have to give details of your finances on the waiver form. If the Commission approves your waiver application, you will not need to pay the application fee.
For answers to commonly asked questions, see
Going to the Fair Work Commission - Frequently Asked Questions.