Can I be represented by a lawyer or agent?
Yes. However, there are restrictions placed on when you can be represented by a lawyer. You can also represent yourself. Parties are often represented by lawyers, an industrial advocate or agent from a union.
Do I need representation?
Representation is not compulsory and it is up to you to decide if you wish to be represented. Generally, representation is helpful to both yourself and the commission.
What is the role of the commission?
The commission is an independent conciliation or decision-making body. It exists to facilitate the resolution of matters which exist between parties, either by assisting them to come to settlements where possible, or by hearing and deciding issues. The commission also exercises administrative functions in relation to keeping and maintaining awards and certified agreements.
Does the commission represent me?
No. Because the commission is independent it is unable to represent parties or provide any legal advice to parties.
Does the commission help me during the hearing?
No. During a hearing the commission is there to hear from all of the parties and decide the matter. The commission cannot help you during a hearing.
What is the registry?
The registry is the support body for the commission and the court. The registry organises and maintains files and has some additional administrative functions.
Who would you recommend as a lawyer or industrial advocate?
Because the commission is impartial it is unable to make recommendations about which lawyer you should contact. You can find the contact details of private legal practitioners by visiting the website of the Queensland Law Society. You can find details of your closest community legal centre by visiting the website of Community Legal Centres Queensland.