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Teaching Service Grievances

The Right to a Grievance Review

Executive class, principals, assistant principals, teachers, casual relief teachers, education support staff and school council employees may be eligible to lodge a SELECTION or PERSONAL grievance in accordance with the provisions of the current applicable Act or Order:

Grounds for review can be found in the following:
• Principal selection: Ministerial Order 1006
• Teaching Service selection: Part 9 of Ministerial order 1038
• Teaching Service personal: Part 5 of Ministerial Order 1038
• School Council Employees personal: Part 5 of Ministerial Order 1039

Executive Class, principal, teacher and education support class employees grievance applications must be lodged within 14 days of notification of the decision.  Applications lodged outside of the 14 day period are considered to be out of time and may not proceed.

Appellants should make every effort to seek written confirmation of the decision which has given rise to the grievance. Where an applicant is provided only with verbal advice of a decision, a grievance can still be lodged. In some circumstances the decision maker may be asked by the Registrar to provide written advice of their decision should they fail to provide this to the appellant.

If a PERSONAL grievance is lodged outside of the 14 day period, the applicant may request the Senior Chairperson consider the “special circumstances” which have led to the late application. Where the special circumstances are accepted by the Senior Chairperson a late application will proceed.
Special circumstances can include:
• medical emergencies;
• documentation incorrectly dated by either party;
• incorrect legal or representative advice; or
• written decisions not provided in a timely manner.

If a PERSONAL grievance is lodged outside of the 14 day period without a request for special circumstances to be considered, the Senior Chairperson may offer the appellant the opportunity to do so.  This opportunity will only be provided to those applications that the Senior Chairperson determines fall within the jurisdiction of the Board to hear and determine. The fact that an applicant is not aware of the MPB or their right to lodge a grievance is unlikely to be considered a special circumstance.

Teaching Service Grievance Brochure



To lodge a PERSONAL or SELECTION grievance online click here.*

Email, Fax, Post

Download the Grievance Application Form* and email, fax or post to:

Merit Protection Boards
Level 4, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000
Fax: (03) 9032 1709

Please note you must provide a copy of the written decision which is the subject of your grievance application.

Telephone Assistance

Telephone (03) 9032 1701 for assistance.  Please note that grievances must be lodged in writing.

*Record Number on the grievance application form means your T0 number.