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Dismissing staff

If you decide to dismiss staff, you should have a valid reason. Valid reasons include poor performance, serious misconduct or changes to your operation.

You can't dismiss staff because of personal characteristics such as

Before dismissing staff members:

  • notify them of any unsatisfactory performance and give them a chance to improve
  • have a fair and valid reason for dismissal
  • tell them the reason and give them the opportunity to respond
  • give them notice according to their award, agreement or contract.

If you dismiss staff, and there is not a valid reason, they may make a complaint of discrimination or an unfair dismissal claim. For more information about unfair dismissal and unlawful termination, use the links below.

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