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Victorian Public Service Grievances

The Right to a Grievance Review

Victorian Public Service employees (Executive Officers, VPS, Allied Health and Nurses) who are employed by the Department may lodge an application for Review of Action in accordance with the provisions of the current Department Policy.  The relevant policy can be obtained from:

Grievances - Public Service:

Executive Officers, VPS, Allied Health and Nurse selection grievance applications need to be lodged within seven (7) calendar days of notification of the decision.

Executive Officers, VPS, Allied Health and Nurse personal grievance applications need to be lodged within 28 calendar days of notification of the decision.

 Applications lodged outside of these periods 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 required 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 28 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.

VPS Grievance Brochure



To lodge a personal or selection grievance online click here.



Email, Fax or 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.