Complaint about or appeal against a decision (PDF, 201 KB)
Lodging complaints with the department
An employer, apprentice, trainee, parent, guardian or other persons with sufficient interest may lodge a complaint with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training regarding:
- training delivered to the apprentice or trainee under the training plan
- adequacy of the facilities, range of work and supervision provided by the employer
- circumstances in which the contract was signed or amended or cancelled
- the handling of a matter by the department's regional office
- general apprenticeship or traineeship arrangements
- certain services providing by training organisations who deliver training to apprentices and trainees.
The department may refuse to deal with complaints that are considered frivolous, lack substance, are unnecessary or unjustifiable; or the person making the complaint does not have sufficient interest.
Complaints may be lodged using the apprenticeship and traineeship complaint form (PDF, 149 KB) or by contacting Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.
Complaints the department cannot deal with
It is important to note that the department cannot deal with matters already being considered or that have been decided by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
Queensland Training Ombudsman
If you have already complained to the department and were unsatisfied with the response, the next step may be to contact the Office of the Queensland Training Ombudsman, which is free, confidential and independent service, established by the Queensland Government.
The Queensland Training Ombudsman reviews, and attempts to resolve enquiries and complaints from apprentices, trainees, students, employers and other stakeholders of the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Queensland.
Contact the Queensland Training Ombudsman
Appeal to the QIRC
A person aggrieved by certain decisions made by the department may appeal to the QIRC. A parent or guardian of an apprentice or trainee cannot be the aggrieved person for any of the decisions listed below.
The QIRC may only hear an appeal on decisions relating to:
- an order for discipline
- cancellation of a training contract by the department, but only when the contract has been cancelled due to:
- a substantial change in a party's circumstances affecting the party's capacity to perform their obligations under the training contract
- the training contract contained false or misleading information
- the employer's failure to comply with their obligations under the training contract or the Further Education and Training Act 2014
- cancellation of a certificate of completion
- the declaration of a prohibited employer.
The application to appeal must comply with the requirements of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 and be filed with the QIRC within 21 days of the aggrieved person being given an information notice of the decision by the department. However, the QIRC may extend the time for starting an appeal.
In addition to appealing against a decision to the QIRC, a person may apply to the QIRC, at the same time, for a stay of the decision they are appealing against. An approved stay of a decision temporarily stops the decision from being carried out.
The QIRC has the authority to dismiss the appeal, amend the decision, or make an entirely new decision. The decision of QIRC is final and conclusive.