Procedures & Legislation
Salary Caps in Applications for Relief from Alleged Unfair Dismissals

Award-free employees may only apply for relief from alleged unfair dismissal if their salary does not exceed the amount set by s.83(1)(b) of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 and Regulation 5 of the Industrial Relations (General) Regulation 2001. The amount prescribed is calculated in accordance with regulation 2​.13 of Chapter 2 of the Fair Work Regulation 2009.

The current salary cap for award-free employees in applications for relief from alleged unfair dismissal is $138,900, effective from 1 July 2016.


 Date of Indexation 
 Salary Cap 

1 July 2016

$138,900

1 July 2015

$136,700

​1 July 2014

​$133,000

1 July 2013

$129,300

1 July 2012

$123,300

1 July 2011

$118,100

1 July 2010

$113,800

1 July 2009

$108,300

1 July 2008

$106,400

1 July 2007

$101,300

1 July 2006

$98,200

1 July 2005

$94,900

1 July 2004

$90,400

1 July 2003

$85,400

1 July 2002

$81,500

1 July 2001

$76,600

1 July 2000

$73,600

1 July 1999

$71,000

1 July 1998

$69,100

1 July 1997

$66,400