Australian Industrial Relations Commission


Nauru House, 80 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic. 3000

G.P.O. Box 1994S, Melbourne, Vic. 3001



Friday, 16 May 2003




Media Release: New arrangements for online lodgments


Applicants in unfair dismissal and termination of employment cases in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission will be able to pay the $50 lodgment fee online for the first time from next Monday, 19 May.


The initiative is one of a number of changes to be brought in by the Australian Industrial Registry as part of a major development of electronic lodgment or ‘eFiling’ services.


Other changes to take effect from Monday include:

·       individuals wishing to lodge documents electronically will be able to register so that their details are remembered by the eFiling system; and

·       the process of lodging documents electronically will become more interactive, with drop-down menus guiding users through the lodgment;.

·users will automatically receive a matter number at the end of the process and email confirmation that the lodgment has been received.


“EFiling offers significant savings in time and money for those using Commission and Registry services,” the Industrial Registrar Mr Nicholas Wilson said today.


“The new system enables users to lodge documents from the convenience of their desktop saving both travelling time and paper. ”


The Registry introduced a capacity for electronic lodgment on the AIRC web site from 1 March this year. This first phase offered a pop-up email facility which is now being significantly upgraded in the second phase.


Mr Wilson said the Registry planned to run briefing sessions over the next few months for key union, industry and professional groups to assist them with using the new system.


Plans were also underway for the development and release of an instructional CD-ROM which would walk users through the eFiling site.


The electronic lodgment facilities on the AIRC web site allow for the filing of multiple documents for a single matter. Documents that may be filed online include those relating to disputes, awards, bargaining periods, agreements, appeals, termination of employment and the rights and obligations of registered organisations.


The AIRC web site can be found at