Review of workplace decisions
Any APS or Parliamentary Service employee (other than SES employees) can apply for a review of a workplace decision that affects them in the workplace, under the Review of actions scheme (subject to certain exceptions). Some reviews are conducted directly by the Merit Protection Commissioner (MPC); others are done by the employee’s Agency first, but can be referred to the MPC for a secondary review if the employee is not satisfied with their Agency’s review.
Reviews by the MPC ensure decisions are lawful, as well as fair and reasonable. The MPC will consider all relevant laws, policy and facts, and recommend to confirm, vary or set aside the action or decision under review. The MPC assesses whether the action or decision was the right one in the circumstances of the case, or whether a different decision would have been preferable.
This video explainer is designed for any APS employee interested in learning more about their review rights in relation to workplace decisions. The video explainer also provides practical tips on how to apply to the MPC for a review of action.
Craft and User Level
This resource aligns with the Working in Government Craft at the Foundation level.
Integrity, Values, Recruitment and career pathways, Induction, Leading in the APS, Conflict resolution, Performance management, SES orientation.