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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.

A written copy of the Senior Chairperson’s determination is sent to the appellant; the decision maker; the Secretary of the Department; and the Executive Director, People Division. 

Teaching Service Grievance Brochure


To lodge a PERSONAL or SELECTION grievance online click here.

Email or Post

Download the Grievance Application Form (docx - 94.12kb)* and email or post to:

Merit Protection Boards
Level 4, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

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

Telephone Assistance

Telephone (03) 7022 0040 for assistance.  Please note that grievances must be lodged in writing.

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

The Merit Protection Boards (MPB) will use the information collected on the Grievance Application Form for the purpose of assessing, managing and responding to a grievance.  This includes, however is not limited to, such activities as determining the Board's jurisdiction to hear a matter, scheduling of hearings and preparing a Board for the hearing.

The MPB will use or disclose personal and health information for the purpose for which it was collected such as preparing Board members for a hearing or communicating Board decisions to the appellant and their representative at the hearing (if any); the decision maker and their representative at the hearing (if any); the Secretary of the Department; and the Executive Director, People Division.

Your comment will be sought if your data is to be used for purposes other than addressing the grievance process unless authorised or required by law.  Your information is kept secure and confidential and managed in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and Health Records Act 2001.

For more information regarding how information is handled, refer to the MPB website at