You need to apply for permission to appeal a decision. Use the Notice of appeal application (Form F7) and submit it within 21 days of the original decision.
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Before you start
Have this information ready before you begin Form F7. You can find these details in the original decision, which we send to parties in the case. You can also Search all decisions to find the one you are appealing.
- the name and contact details of the respondent to the appeal
- the Commission’s reference (‘matter number’) for the original case
- the Member or delegate of the Commission who made the original decision
- the date of the original decision.
You also need to create an appeal book. You can send this at the same time as your Notice of appeal or up to 7 days after.
Who can use this form
Only use Form F7 if you are:
- a party in the original case
- a person or organisation who is ‘aggrieved’ by the original decision.
What happens next?
As soon as possible after you lodge the form you must send ('serve') a copy of Form F7 and the appeal book to the other parties.
When we receive your application, we set a date for the appeal hearing. We list the hearing date on our website and tell the parties. Usually, the appeal hearing is 10 to 12 weeks after you lodge your application.
Decision ‘on the papers’
Sometimes, an appeal does not have a hearing. The Appeal Bench may make a decision ‘on the papers’, which means they use the written information from the parties.
Rules and regulations for this form
Fair Work Act 2009: Section 604
Fair Work Commission Rules 2013: Rule 52 and Rule 56.