The Workplace Advice Service provides access to free legal assistance to eligible people and small business employers who need employment law advice. The advice may be for unfair dismissal, general protections or other employment-related matters.
The Service is currently available in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.
The Commission offers this Service because it understands that legal advice can:
If you are eligible to participate in the Service, the Commission will arrange an appointment with a participating law firm, community legal centre or legal aid commission.
A qualified lawyer from the organisation may then be able to offer you free legal advice. All costs associated with providing lawyers for the Service are met by the organisation.
The organisation is responsible for the advice they provide. The advice you receive is not advice from the Commission.
Your appointment will run for one hour and takes place at the Commission's Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane premises or by phone.
During the appointment, a lawyer may give you advice about:
It is possible that the lawyer may advise you that your application is without merit, which means that the case is unlikely to succeed if you decide to proceed. In this case, the lawyer will most likely only be able to help you to comply with the Commission's processes and to organise your material.
Please note: You are responsible for preparing your own submission outlines, witness statements and any other documents that might be required for the hearing. You should also be prepared to present your own case at the hearing.
In Victoria, NSW and WA, unrepresented applicants (employees) and unrepresented respondents (employers) are eligible for the Service
In Queensland, only unrepresented applicants (employees) are eligible for the Service.
Members of unions or employer associations are not eligible for the Service and are encouraged to contact these organisations for assistance.
Respondents (employers) who have existing in-house counsel or human resources staff are encouraged to utilise their existing resources.
The Commission can arrange an interpreter for your appointment if needed.
To arrange an appointment or find out more, please call the Commission on 1300 799 675.
Assistance through the Workplace Advice Service can be organised by calling the Fair Work Commission on 1800 799 675.
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|Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers|
|Corrs Chambers Westgarth|
|Danny King Legal|
|Employment Law Centre Western Australia|
|FCB Workplace Law|
|Holman Webb Lawyers|
|Industrial Bar Association of the Victorian Bar|
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|Kelly Workplace Lawyers|
|Lander & Rogers|
|Legal Aid New South Wales|
|Legal Aid Queensland|
|Marrickville Legal Centre|
|Norton Rose Fulbright|
|New South Wales Bar Association|
|Rigby Cooke Lawyers|
|Russell Kennedy Lawyers|
|Springvale Monash Legal Service|