What are the options and when is it appropriate?
The scope of the general protections provisions is so wide that a person who is eligible to make a general protections application to the Fair Work Commission is also likely to be eligible to make claims in other federal and also state jurisdictions.
As a result of such a variety of options, different applications in different jurisdictions can result in very different outcomes.
The speed the application is dealt with, the power of the body to award compensation or even the possibility of criminal charges may need to be considered when trying to determine which application (if any) is appropriate to make in the circumstances.
Advice should therefore be obtained promptly on all available options, before a final decision is made about making an application under the general protections provisions.
If you would like free legal advice there are Community Legal Centres in each state and territory who may be able to assist.
The law institute or law society in your state or territory may be able to refer you to a private solicitor who specialises in workplace law.