The group that hears an appeal is the Full Bench, also known as the Appeal Bench. This is generally 3 Members, including one who is a Presidential Member.
We set the timetable for appeals (the ‘roster’) at the start of the year. We look at how many appeals we expect for the year, and where they may take place.
A Commission Member cannot be part of the appeal if they made the original decision. This means that an appeal in a smaller city may have a hearing in a larger city (Melbourne and Sydney).
This process aims to make sure:
- the timetable has enough Members to avoid delays
- Members are available where the appeal is being held, to keep costs lower
- the Bench has a mixture of Members for appeals that are different or complex.
For major cases, the President or a Vice President directs the hearing.
Find out more about the structure of the Commission.