Unfair dismissal and unlawful termination laws are complex. If you think you have been dismissed unfairly, you should seek advice as soon as possible. Here is a list of who to contact for advice or to lodge a claim.
- Unfair dismissal applications can be made with Fair Work Commission. Applications must be lodged within 21 days of being fired. For more information, call 1300 799 675 or visit www.fwc.gov.au. You can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
- Unlawful termination applications can be lodged with Fair Work Commission. Applications must be lodged within 60 days of being fired. For more information, call 1300 799 675 or visit www.fwc.gov.au. You can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
- If you live in South Australia, you may be able to an unfair dismissal application with the South Australian Industrial Relations Commission under the Fair Work Act 1994. Applications must be lodged within 21 days. For more information, call 8207 0999 or visit www.industrialcommission.sa.gov.au.
- If you live in South Australia and you think that you have been dismissed because of your age, caring responsibilities, chosen gender, disability, race, marital or domestic partnership status, pregnancy, race, religious appearance or dress, sex, sexuality, or spouse or partner's identity, you can lodge a complaint with us - see Making a complaint.
- You can also lodge a complaint of discrimination after termination of employment with the the Australian Human Rights Commission. The federal laws cover additional types of discrimination such as irrelevant criminal record. For more information, call 1300 656 419 or visit www.hreoc.gov.au.
- If you are a South Australian trainee or apprentice, your employer cannot terminate your employment without going through the Training and Skills Commission. For more information, call 1800 673 097 or visit www.skills.sa.gov.au.
- You can seek advice from your union to help you in a complaint. Visit SA Unions for more information: www.saunions.org.au.
- If you are under the age of 30, you can contact the Young Worker's Legal Service for advice and assistance. For more information, call 8279 2233 or visit www.ywls.org.au.
- Women can contact the Working Women's Centre for advice and assistance. For more information, call 1800 652 697 or visit www.wwc.org.au.
You can usually only make one claim about a dismissal. If your claim involves several issues, you should seek advice.