About the IRC Forms Portal
The IRC Forms Portal is an approved electronic case management system for the purpose of filing forms and associated documents with the Industrial Relations Commission.
Where forms are available digitally, parties are encouraged to file documents online.
The process is as follows:
- Register with the NSW Online Registry.
- Use your Online Registry account to log in to the Commission's Online Services. If you already have an Online Registry account, you may use that account.
The process is described in greater detail in this page.
Documents that can be filed online
The following IRC forms are currently available to file online:
- Unfair Dismissal Application
- Employer's Response to Unfair Dismissal Application
Up to five supporting documents can be filed with each of these 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. You are unable to use the IRC Forms portal at this time.
To start, you need to register an account with the NSW Courts and Tribunals Online Registry. To register, you need to specify your role.
For self-represented litigants
If you are representing yourself in a matter, you will need to create an account via the Online Registry website prior to filing any documents on IRC Forms Portal.
For an Authorised Officer of an organisation
If you are filing for the first time on behalf of an organisation, an authorised officer nominated by your organisation will need to register an electronic organisation (eOrganisation) for your Department or agency. The purpose of this is to allow delegated users within your organisation to file forms on behalf of your organisation.
Any person within that organisation who needs to act on behalf of that matter will also need to register as an individual via Online Registry. The nominated authorised officer will then need to add them as delegates in the eOrganisation structure. For more information see the NSW Online Registry - eOrganisation Overview.
When you register you need to specify if:
- You are a solicitor on the record; or
- If you access matters on behalf of a solicitor on the record.
If you are both a solicitor on the record, and also access matters on behalf of a solicitor on the record, you will need to register twice.
Resources to help you register
Guides are available in the NSW Online Registry to help you register. You will find help pages about how to register as an indvidual, as an organisation and which user type to choose in the FAQs section of the Online Registry.
Logging in to the Commission’s Online Services
Once you have registered, log in to the Commission’s Online Services. You will be taken to a log in screen where you will need to enter your NSW Online Registry Username and Password. You can view the process in this quick guide.
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.
- Practice Notes of the IRC