Unfair Dismissal Appeals

Workers First are the market leader for assisting workers throughout Australia for unfair dismissal appeals in the Fair Work Commission and the various State and Territory Industrial Commissions and Tribunals.

Workers First offers representation on unfair dismissal appeals on terms that are both affordable and effective, assisting workers with a meaningful representation with an express purpose of bringing closure to the dispute on fair and reasonable terms.

In the first instance, Workers First offers a FREE consultation on unfair dismissal appeal matters and will provide you with an immediate assessment on the merit of the case to be initiated.

There is a strict twenty-one (21) day limit on the application and the appeal must be made within that period which commences from the effective date of dismissal.

Workers First offer three (3) options for engagement of our services as upfront payment of fixed fees, part payment upfront of fixed fees with regular direct debits or in some cases, we may extend an offer of a no-win no-fee option.

To make an appointment please call our office on (07) 3807 3807 or gethelp@workersfirst.com.au

Become a Workers First Recruiter

Workers First take great pride in empowering workers to take control of their own economic wellbeing. For the first time in Australia modern history, Workers First Recruiters are paid a commission for recruiting new members to join Workers First.

To find out more about becoming a Workers First Recruiter, email jobs@workersfirst.com.au and let's start the process of empowering you as a Workers First Recruiter.

Confidential and FREE consultations are available to all interested parties and we welcome the opportunity to share not just our vision for better industrial relations, but our passion for fairness and transparency.

In theory, no Australian work should be out of options to earn an honest living and becoming a Workers First Recruiter means you can start earning an income immediately once you're approved as a Workers First Recruiter.

Why recruit for pseudo-political organisations who go missing when you need them most or simply don't give you anything for your efforts.

At Workers First, we believe that every worker is important and every worker deserves the opportunity to receive competent help from professional Advocates and Investigators to assist them with their Workplace and Human Rights concerns, which have a capacity to impact on their social and welfare interests. 

At Workers First, we're putting people first.

Coronavirus Payments

The federal government says the 6.5 million welfare recipients and pensioners due to receive a $750 cheque at the end of the month will see the cash flow directly into their bank accounts.

Some of Australia’s poorest households are in line to receive $4.8 billion of the government’s $17.6 billion stimulus package to keep the economy healthy during the coronavirus outbreak, with payments to be given to income support recipients and eligible concession cardholders.

“I want to remind everyone who may be eligible for the one-off payment and have existing bank account details with Services Australia that they do not have to do anything - Services Australia will process the payment after 31 March,” Government Services Minister Stuart Robert said in a statement on Sunday.

Mr Robert said Services Australia or Centrelink would not be proactively sending out emails about the stimulus payments and urged recipients to be careful of scam messages.

Host Employment for WorkCover Rehabilitation (Queensland)

Ritchie v Ikea Pty Limited [2018] QDC 143 (Rosengren DCJ) provided authority for the definition of host employment as an "accredited return to work program" which is defined to mean "a return to work program" referred to at section 220 of the Workers’ Compensation And Rehabilitation Act 2003 (QLD).

The decision in Ritchie at paragraph 24 provides;

"First, Chapter 4 Part 3 of the Act provides for an insurer’s responsibility for a worker’s rehabilitation. Section 228 of the Act provides that an employer has an obligation to assist or provide rehabilitation to a worker. Pursuant to subsection 3, if an employer considers it is not practicable to provide the worker with suitable duties, the employer must give WorkCover written evidence of this. WorkCover is then required to refer the worker to one of its accredited return to work programs, unless WorkCover is satisfied that the worker will not be able to participate in the program. An accredited return to work program is defined to mean a return to work program managed by the insurer that is accredited by the Regulator. Examples provided of such a program include host employment."

This means notionally that any decision to alter the return to work program without the worker's input and opportunity to contribute becomes appealable if the insurer decides to unilaterally alter the return to work plan without the worker's input or express agreement.

Interestingly, there is no lawful authority that is apparent to us to allow a unilateral decision to alter the rehabilitation plan of the worker by the insurer, especially so without the worker's input or express agreement as we mentioned earlier.