How to complete and lodge
Important Update - How to lodge a request while we operate remotely
To support the reduced spread of COVID-19, we are currently operating remotely. During this period, please can you email your Request for Conciliation to firstname.lastname@example.org OR fax it to 03 9940 1000. This will ensure that your request is actioned in the most timely manner possible. Paper copies will continue to be accepted during this period, but please be advised that there may be some delays in processing your request as we establish new ways to process our mail.
When do I lodge a Request for Conciliation?
A Request for Conciliation Form must be lodged within 60 days of receiving a decision about your claim that you wish to dispute. Where there is a formal decision by an Employer, VWA Agent or Self Insurer it should be attached to the Request for Conciliation Form.
A Request for Conciliation may also be made on the basis that the employer, VWA Agent or Self Insurer has failed to respond to a request made by you or on your behalf.
Information that must be supplied where possible with the form
The request form must be personally signed. It must state clearly the details of the dispute and, where possible, be accompanied by:
- a copy of the letter advising of the decision;
- the "reasons for decision" attached to the letter; and
- anything else which may assist to resolve the dispute, eg medical reports, copies of accounts or receipts, payslips etc.
You must produce all documents in your possession, custody or power and disclose all information to the Conciliation Officer that:
- relates to the dispute; and
- is reasonably available to you
unless you claim privilege or immunity from producing the document or disclosing the information.
More than 60 days since the decision was received?
The ACCS may allow the application to be lodged more than 60 days after the decision if the particular circumstances are considered appropriate. Reasons for a late lodgement must be provided with the request form.