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To make an unfair dismissal application you will need to:
There are also time limits that apply.
If you want to make an unfair dismissal application to the Commission, you must do so within 21 days of the date you were dismissed.
For step by step information about how to make and file an application, see
Making an unfair dismissal application - Step by step guide.
For detailed instructions for completing the application form, see
Instructions for filling out an Application for Unfair Dismissal Remedy. To see what a completed application form could look like, see
Sample Application for Unfair Dismissal Remedy.
Once it is received, the Commission will check your form is complete and send a copy of your application to the employer.
There are strict time limits that apply.
If you want to make an unfair dismissal application to the Commission, you must do so within 21 days of the date you were dismissed. The day you were dismissed will usually be either the last day you worked or when you were told you were dismissed (whichever is later).
If the time limit is nearly up since you were dismissed, you must act quickly. It is possible to make your application over the telephone in this situation
If you do this you do not need an application form. You can:
The Commission will then send you a partly completed application form and ask you to complete and return it within 21 days. If you cannot afford to pay the application fee, the Commission will also send you a waiver form for you to complete along with your application.
If you do not complete and return the application within that time, your application may be out of time and the Commission may not be able to consider it.
The Commission will ask the employer to reply to your application. The employer should send a copy of its reply to you. If you do not receive a copy of the employer's response, you should contact the Commission. For more information see
The employer's response to your application.
After you have made an unfair dismissal application, the Commission will arrange a conciliation meeting with you and your employer. The Commission will send you a notice, called a Notice of Listing, telling you the date and time of the conciliation. For more information, see
For answers to commonly asked questions, see
Going to the Fair Work Commission - Frequently Asked Questions.