File online

The Commission is expanding access to online services. The following forms can be filed online: 

Forms to start a new case

  • Unfair Dismissal Application (Form 7A)

  • Notification of an Industrial Dispute (Form 4)

  • Application for Public Sector Disciplinary Appeal (Form 4A)

Forms to respond to a case

  • Employer's Response to Unfair Dismissal Application (Form 7B)

  • Employer’s Response to Public Sector Disciplinary Appeal (Form 4B)

Up to four supporting documents can be filed with each of the above forms. Document formats should be .pdf and not exceed 5MB each.

Please note: If you wish to file a fee waiver with your unfair dismissal application you will need to file both the fee waiver and the Application in paper form. 

Forms that are used in case management

  • Notice of Appearance (UCPR Form 6A) (this form may be used in lieu of IRC Form 37)

  • Notice of Discontinuance (UCPR Form 33) (this form may be used in lieu of IRC Form 38)

  • Notice of Change of Solicitor or Appointment of Solicitor (UCPR Form 77) (this form may be used in lieu of IRC Form 45)

  • Notice of Removal of Solicitor (UCPR Form 78)

  • Notice of Intention to file notice of ceasing to act (UCPR Form 79) (this form may be used in lieu of IRC form 38)

  • Notice of Ceasing to Act (UCPR Form 80).

Who can file online?

Any party that is currently able to file a form in the Industrial Relations Commission can file these forms online provided they have registered an account with the Online Registry. 

Create an Online Registry account

To begin online filing, you need to register an account with the NSW Courts and Tribunals Online Registry. 

This will enable the Commission to verify your identity and provide a secure online service. 

Note: There are different steps for registration, depending on your role (applicant, legal representative, authorised officer of industrial organisation). It is important that you register correctly, see: How to register an account with the Online Registry

Starting a case

Once you have registered, you can use your Online Registry account to login and start a case. The new online forms are listed on the right side of the Online Registry website. Alternatively, you can use this quick link to  start a case

The process is as follows:

  • Select from any of the available online forms

  • Save and resume your draft forms

  • Submit your completed form and any attachments online.

Responding to a case

Once you have registered, you can use your Online Registry account login to respond to a case online. The process is as follows:

  • if you have added your case to your case list as part of the registration process, search by case number in the ‘case list’ search

  • If you have not yet added the case to your case list, use the ‘Find your case’ button on the right side of the page

  • enter the case number as it is written on the documentation you have received. 

  • you may be prompted to enter a barcode number

  • select the case and follow the prompts

  • if you are a solicitor, you will need to submit notice of appearance before being able to access and start your response form

Case management

Once a case has been opened, case management functions, such as filing notice of appearance or notifying the commission of a change in solicitor can be completed through the Online Registry. 

The following Uniform Civil Procedure Rules (UCPR) forms accepted by the Commission can be filed online: 

  • Notice of appearance (UCPR Form 6A)

  • Notice of discontinuance (UCPR Form 33)

  • Notice of change of solicitor or appointment of solicitor (UCPR Form 77)

  • Notice of removal of solicitor (UCPR Form 78)

  • Notice of intention to file notice of ceasing to act (UCPR Form 79)

  • Notice of ceasing to act (UCPR Form 80).

The process is as follows:

  • Find and select your case

  • Select from any of the available UCPR online forms

  • Follow the prompts 

  • Submit your completed form. 


Original documents

In accordance with rule 3.5 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 a person who has filed a document by uploading it to Online Registry is "taken to have agreed that, if the court so requires, he or she will file the original document in accordance with the court's directions."

If a document has been filed using Online Registry, the original document is only required to be provided if specifically directed by the Commission.

Pursuant to rule 3.5(9)​, the original signed copy of a document filed by uploading it to the Online Registry is required to be kept until the later of the following:​

  • Two years from the date of the finalisation of the proceedings in which the document was filed; or
  • Two years from the date of the finalisation of an appeal against a determination made in proceedings in which the document was filed; or
  • Two years after the date the document was filed.

These rules apply only to documents filed using Online Registry. Please note that parties filing documents containing signatures over the counter or by post are required to furnish the original signed document for filing.

Documents with signatures
If the document to be filed using Online Registry contains a signature or is required to contain a signature, rule 3.5(6) requires that the document uploaded must be a scanned copy that includes a clear, legible copy of the signature of the person who signed the document.

Compliance with Practice Notes

When filing, you must comply with all Practice Notes issued by the Commission.

Last updated:

28 Nov 2022

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