Timeframes for all types of review
Information on timeframes for different types of review
Yes there are important timeframes. The different types of review have different timeframes.
You have 60 days from the date your agency advised you that you breached the APS Code of Conduct to apply to the Merit Protection Commissioner.
You have 60 days from the date your agency advised you of the sanction decision for the breach of the APS Code of Conduct to apply to the Merit Protection Commissioner. This not the date the sanction takes effect.
You have 120 days to apply for a review with your agency. If you are dissatisfied with the agency outcome, you have 60 days to apply to the Merit Protection Commissioner.
Diagram: the different timeframes and where to apply for Code of Conduct and general employment matters
Consolidated diagram for timeframes and where to apply.
If you don't apply within the correct timeframe for a review of a general employment matter your application won't be accepted, unless there are exceptional circumstances. A promotion review CANNOT be accepted outside the time frames, in any circumstance.
What is and isn't an exceptional circumstance depends on the particular facts of each case. Usually, not being aware of a review right, changing jobs or taking leave are not exceptional circumstances.
Sometimes employees want review of actions that occurred over a long period of time and not all are within the relevant timeframe. To conduct a review that meaningfully addresses the employee's concerns, you may need to consider the process that led to the actions that are in time.