Appeal a decision affecting employment

Public service employees may appeal certain decisions that affect their employment. The Public Service Act 2008 states:

  • which decisions may be appealed against
  • who can appeal
  • requirements for lodging an appeal
  • how the process is conducted.

Appeals can be made against:

  • decisions under a directive
  • discipline decisions
  • promotion decisions
  • transfer decisions
  • temporary employment decisions
  • casual employment decisions
  • fair treatment decisions
  • other decisions.

A person must have standing to appeal, as set out in Section 196 of the Public Service Act 2008.

This provides an independent and impartial way for public service employees to have decisions reviewed. The Appeals directive provides more specific rules about appeal entitlements and requirements for the appeal process.

Make an appeal

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) administers the public service appeals function.

The Appeals Guide sets out an overview of procedures that the QIRC will usually adopt in managing public service appeals.

Learn more about making a public service appeal.

Notable cases

Periodically the Public Service Commission publishes ‘notable’ cases to provide agencies and employees considering an appeal with information about decisions made by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).

Access the notable cases here.

Annual report to the Premier for public service appeals