Investigations and Procedural Fairness: Your Rights & Obligations

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“It’s not a trial! It’s an administrative process”.


This course will provide you with an insight on the application of procedural fairness during the course of an investigation into staff behaviour, including communicating with employees and representatives. It will explore the rights and obligations of investigators, managers and Human Resource (HR) practitioners, as well as how the principles apply during the investigations into staff behaviour.

Course Content

  • Understanding the legislative framework and how the various elements intersect.
  • Administration of the principles of administrative decision making during workplace investigations:
    • Procedural Fairness – A misunderstood concept, what it does not mean
    • Standard of Proof and findings of fact
    • The rights and obligations of the investigator, manager and HR practitioners
  • When “reasonable management action” is not harassment or discrimination.
  • Out of hours conduct and behaviour.
  • Discussion of recent Commission and High Court decisions.
  • Q&A session.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Build internal capability to conduct and/or case manage workplace investigations.
  • Improved agency decision making.
  • Increased confidence in its management of responses to allegations.

Benefits to you

  • Improved understanding of your rights and obligations as an investigator, manager or HR practitioner.
  • Improved understanding of administrative review principles and practices and their application to workplace investigations.
  • Increased confidence in dealing with parties to investigations and procedural fairness issues as they arise during the course of an investigation.