A new section of the Fair Work Commission’s website reporting specifically on appeals and judicial reviews has been launched, along with a draft Unfair Dismissal Practice Note which is open for public comment.
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The appeals section of the website and the new practice note support the Commission’s Future Directions principles of improving access to justice and increasing accountability.
The appeals pages provide more detailed information on the appeals process as well as quarterly reporting on the number of appeals finalised and aggregate data on the outcome of finalised appeals.
President of the Fair Work Commission, Justice Iain Ross also announced new performance benchmarks in relation to appeals.
He said the new benchmarks provided that 90 per cent of all appeals lodged would be listed for first hearing within 10 weeks, the remainder within 12 weeks.
In addition, 90 per cent of all reserved decisions would be delivered within eight weeks, with the remainder within 12 weeks.
All Commission appeals taken to the Federal Court or the High Court for judicial review would be listed on the website.
“This year we have focused on improving the efficiency of our appeals processes,” Justice Ross said.
“With these processes now in place it is an opportune time to bring our appeals hearings into line with other Commission matters in terms of benchmarking and publicly reporting our performance.”
He said the draft Unfair Dismissal Practice Note provided procedural guidance relating to the scheduling and conduct of unfair dismissal proceedings which had not settled at or proceeded to conciliation.
“In particular the practice note explains the differences between determinative conferences and hearings,” he said.
Justice Ross said the practice note showed how unfair dismissal applications for determinative conference and hearings were scheduled; how to prepare for determinative conferences and hearings and how determinative conferences and hearings were conducted.
All feedback on the Unfair Dismissal Practice Note should be emailed to email@example.com by 25 October.
Edition 381, 1 October 2013 2013