Public Service Appeals
As from 1 July 2012, QIRC members were appointed as appeals officers under the Public Service Act 2008 for the purpose of hearing and deciding appeals against certain decisions which affect public service employees.
As from 1 January 2013, the public service appeals function was transferred from the Public Service Commission to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). All appeals previously filed in the Public Service Commission Registry are now filed in the Industrial Registry.
As from 9 December 2016 reference to the Senior Appeals Officer and Appeals Officers was replaced with Senior Industrial Relations Commission Member and Industrial Relations Commissioner Members.
If you are uncertain about whether you have a right of appeal you should refer to the Appeals Guide or contact the QIRC Registry by telephoning: 3227 8060 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Appeals provide an independent and impartial avenue for public service employees to have decisions that affect them reviewed and ensure that principles of natural justice are applied in decision making.
Under Chapter 7 of the Public Service Act 2008 (the Act), appeals may be made to the Industrial Relations Commission Member for the review of certain decisions which affect public service officers and in some cases public service employees.
The Act states which decisions may be appealed against, and who can appeal. The Act also provides information on how the process is to be conducted.
The Commission Chief Executive also issues Directives which supplement the Act. The Appeals Directive (No. 03/17) provides more specific rules and requirements for the appeal process.
The Industrial Relations Commission Member must perform their duties independently, impartially, fairly and in the public interest without direction from the Commission, the Commission Chief Executive or a Minister. Chapter 3 of the Act outlines in detail the role and functions of the Industrial Relations Commission Member.
A person may appeal to the Industrial Relations Commission Member under section 193 of the Public Service Act 2008 (the Act) if an appeal may be made against a decision under section 194 of the Act or another Act and the person is entitled to appeal against the decision under section 196 of the Act. An appeal may be started only by giving the Industrial Registrar an appeal notice - form 88.
An Appeals Guide has been designed to help parties appealing under the Public Service Act 2008 (the Act) understand the Appeal process and to assist agency representatives in responding to an Appeal. The guide applies to all categories of Appeals under the Act.
Further information on the Appeals process is available on the Public Service Commission website.
An appeal notice - form 88 can be faxed, emailed or delivered to the QIRC Registry at:
Post: GPO Box 373, BRISBANE, QLD 4001
Fax: (07) 3221 6074
Delivery: Industrial Registry QIRC, Level 21 Central Plaza 2,
66 Eagle Street, Brisbane (cnr. Elizabeth & Creek Streets)