Step 6B what does an ideal review report contain?

A well-argued and logical review report assists:

  • applicants understand the agency seriously considered the issues
  • in improving employment decision-making and supporting the agency in learning lessons from the review process.

A review report ideally covers the following:

  1. A summary of the applicant's complaint and the outcome being sought
  2. Background information including key undisputed facts such as the applicant's classification level and job and the date of particular incidents
  3. The actions being reviewed
  4. The facts in dispute, the findings on those facts and the evidence relied on to make those findings. Where there is conflicting evidence, setting out the reasons for preferring one lot of evidence over the other
  5. The policy framework
  6. Other relevant issues raised by the applicant such as concerns about procedural fairness
  7. The decision—to confirm, vary or set aside the actions under review—and the response to the outcomes the applicant was seeking
  8. Detailed reasons for decisions, including the reasoning process—the chain of reasoning that leads logically from relevant facts to the decision. Reviewers may benefit from discussing their reasoning with a senior colleague and, depending on the circumstances, a legal adviser.
  9. Advice about secondary reviews by the Merit Protection Commissioner.