On the Check an entry permit page, typing any employee organisation (acronyms work) will create a complete list of every person in that organisation who has an entry permit, as well the issue and expiry dates. Go to the last page of the list to check which is the next permit to expire.
Use this to plan for applying for a new permit prior to the expiration date.
Fair Work entry permits are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. Each entry permit expires on the earliest of:
A Fair Work entry permit must be returned to the Fair Work Commission by the permit holder within 7 days of expiry. Substantial penalties apply for failing to return a permit.
WHS entry permits are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. Each entry permit expires on the earliest of:
A WHS entry permit must be returned to the Commission by the permit holder within 14 days of expiry. Substantial penalties apply for failing to return a permit.
The permit holder must return the original Fair Work permit to the Commission:
The permit holder must return the original WHS permit to the Commission:
The union must advise the Commission if:
Under current legislation, the original entry permit must be returned to the Commission. The entry permit is a hardcopy document and therefore must be returned to any Commission office. You are encouraged to return your permit by post, rather than in person.
To reduce the amount of time a union official is without an entry permit, an application for a new permit can be made prior to the return of the previous permit.
There is no obligation to return a current permit prior to receiving a new permit.
Some organisations have enquired whether permits currently held by officials can be extended where they are having difficulties finalising a new application.
Where an application has been made for a new entry permit, the Commission has discretion to extend the official’s current permit under section 516(2) of the Fair Work Act 2009. This is a matter to be determined by the individual Commission Member or Delegate.