We will contact you if a person names you as the other party in a general protections application. You must respond within 7 days using Form F8A.
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Before you start
Have this information ready before you begin. You will need to give us:
- your contact details
- how many employees you have
- details of a legal representative or paid agent* (if you have one)
- details of any objection* you have to the application
- your response to the outcome the other person has asked for
- your response to what the other person says in their application
Who can use this form
Only use this form if you are the other person (or are responding for them) named in a:
- Form F8 – General protections application involving dismissal OR
- Form F8C – General protections application not involving dismissal AND
- we have contacted you to respond.
Answer every question. If a question is not relevant, write ‘not relevant’ but do not leave it blank. Contact us if you do not understand a question in the form.
Only include copies of documents that are directly relevant to the claim. We will ask you later if we need more information, documents or evidence.
Fill out the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot email the form, send it to the Commission office near you.
We store your information in line with our Privacy notice.
You must also send (‘serve’) a copy of your response to the other parties, unless we tell you otherwise. The other parties are:
- the person who made the application
- the person's lawyer or paid agent*, if they used one.
You can include the other parties in the email you send us. If you send your response to the other parties in a different way, you need to tell us.
What happens next?
If the application involves dismissal, we usually hold a conference. In the conference, both sides discuss the application with help from a Commission staff member.
The result of the conference may be a settlement or an agreement. If the 2 sides cannot agree, a Commission Member will issue a certificate. The applicant can then choose to take the case to a federal court within 14 days of the date of the certificate.
If the general protections claim does not involve dismissal, we will ask if you agree to participate in a conference. Both sides must agree to take part. A Commission Member will hold the conference. If the parties don't reach an agreement, the applicant can then choose to take the case to a federal court.
Rules and regulations for this form
Fair Work Commission Rules 2013: Rule 21, Rule 23, Rule 46 Schedule 1