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Information about other types of general employment reviews

Who is eligible to apply for general employment reviews?

All current non-SES employees of the Australian Public Service (APS) are eligible to apply.

Employees of the Parliamentary Service have a similar review scheme.

Are there timeframes?

Yes, there are timeframes.

You have 120 days to apply for review with your agency.

'When' the 120 days starts depends on what you want reviewed. The 120 days may be calculated from the date of:

  • the action about which you are concerned, or
  • the decision that affects you.

Your agency's review of these matters is called an agency primary review.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this primary review, you may apply to the Merit Protection Commissioner for review.

When we review decision already reviewed by agencies, it is called a Merit Protection Commissioner secondary review.

You have 60 days to lodge the secondary review.

The 60 days starts from the date your agency advised you of the primary review outcome.


It is important to submit your review application within the time limits (Regulation 5.23).

Primary review – General employment decision - 120 days - Submitted to your agency Secondary review – General employment decisions - 60 days from the agency's primary review decision - Submitted to your agency BUT addressed to the Merit Protection Commissioner

What general employment matters are reviewable?

A wide range of decisions or actions are reviewable.

An employment matter is about you as an individual employed in the APS. You must have sufficient personal interest in a matter to have it reviewed.

Note: You can't seek review on behalf of a colleague who is reluctant to apply for review.

You can find de-identified Case summaries on a range of employment matters, at case summaries in MPC resources.

Some common examples are:

The most important exception is termination of employment which is reviewable by the Fair Work Commission.

Information on applying for a secondary review by the Merit Protection Commissioner is available.

Applying for review of general employment matters

I don’t need more information, where do I apply?

An application form for this type of review by the Merit Protection Commissioner are available.

Please note: Information on the handling of personal information by the Office of the Merit Protection Commissioner is provided in the MPC privacy policy.

I want more information about the outcomes of general employment reviews?

You can find de-identified case summaries on a range of employment matters at the Case summaries page.

General information on reviews is available at the MPC resources page.