3.1 What happens after an appeal is lodged?
As soon as practicable after an appeal is received, the PRSB emails the Selectee(s) to notify them of an appeal (within business hours). After closure of the appeal period, the PRSB also notifies the Transfer and Promotion Unit.
The President then allocates members of the PRSB Review Division to hear each appeal. The hearing list is published online by 4pm Monday and shows the time, date and PRSB Member for each appeal.
A copy of the relevant Selection File documents is provided to each Appellant, Selectee and LPR, usually, on the Thursday before the appeal hearing.
The selection file is emailed to you. You may print the documents if you wish. You must treat those documents as confidential, using them only for the purpose of preparing for and participating in the appeal.
3.2 How will I know if my selection has been appealed?
The closing time for the lodgement of appeals is midnight on the first Thursday after the publication of the selection in The Gazette (on the Monday).
The PRSB Secretary will email you as soon as practicable (within office hours) after an appeal is lodged. If you are not at work and have an out-of-office email message, the PRSB Secretary will attempt to telephone you as advised.
3.3 My selection has been appealed. What do I need to do?
While you might feel disappointed or concerned, it is important to remember that appeals are ‘part and parcel’ of the promotion and transfer process. Similar appeal processes exist in most other Australian policing jurisdictions.
If your selection is appealed, the PRSB Secretary will email you and advise the next steps. It is recommended you read the Guide thoroughly to help you prepare.
3.4 When will my appeal be heard?
The PRSB must hear and determine the appeal within five business days of lodgement of the Selection File. In practice, this means appeals are heard on either the Monday or Tuesday (or Wednesday if a public holiday falls) of the fortnight following the selection being published in The Gazette. (See timelines for an overview of the timelines involved in an appeal).
3.5 I was the Local Panel representative for the position under appeal. What do I need to do?
The Local Panel Representative (LPR) will usually be nominated by the delegate (the person who authorised the selection) to represent the Chief Commissioner in the appeal (s.158(1)(b)). In some cases, the delegate or another person might represent the Chief Commissioner. The LPR role is to:
assist the PRSB by answering questions about the Position Profile, the particular needs of the position, the local area and the selection process
check that Appellants hold the required qualifications, meet any specified eligibility or time-in-position requirements for the position and if not, to make submissions
provide (or facilitate) the provision of information and submissions on behalf of the Chief Commissioner, where there are matters relating to probity/conduct of any Appellant or Selectee (arising from ROCSID reports, referee reports or otherwise)
raise any relevant issues concerning the security of information relating to the position or the selection or the holding of hearings in public (such as, for covert or other sensitive positions)
alert the PRSB about any inaccurate or misleading information provided by any party in the appeal.
3.6 Who will notify me about the hearing?
The PRSB Secretary notifies Appellants and Selectees by email about the hearing date, time and PRSB Member hearing the appeal. The hearing list is published by 4pm on Monday after publication of The Gazette.
The Transfer and Promotion Unit contacts the delegate and LPR to let them know about the appeal.
The PRSB secretary will notify the LPR (or other representative) of the hearing date and time.
If an LPR becomes unavailable to participate in an appeal, they should contact the Transfer and Promotion Unit and advise the PRSB.
3.8 Can I apply for other positions while my selection in under appeal?
Yes. To apply for other positions during an appeal period, contact the Transfer and Promotion Unit to arrange to manually submit your application. Your new application will only progress if the appeal against your selection is allowed.
3.9 Can I withdraw my appeal?
Yes. You may withdraw at any time before the decision is given by notifying the PRSB Secretary in writing (by email). The withdrawn appeal still counts towards your maximum of four appeals in a financial year.
3.10 What documents will I receive in the selection file?
The selection file documents are confidential, must not be published or distributed to any person who is not directly involved in the appeal and used only for the purpose of preparing for or participating in an appeal.
- Position description: sets out the qualifications, eligibility, time in position requirements and key selection criteria (KSC).
- Position profile: Prepared by the local manager and describes the local environment and any specific needs for the position.
- Selection panel report: includes the reasons for the selection decision, the questions asked in the interview, comments and both interview and short-listing scoring.
- The Gazette showing the advertisements for and publication dates of the relevant selection(s).
- For each appellant and each selectee appealed, the key selection criteria responses (VP Form 25) and candidate profile including service history education and qualifications
The PRSB also provides a seniority report which is only considered if two candidates are found to be of 'equal efficiency'.
Some documents, as follows, are not send to Appellants, Selectees or LPRs for privacy reasons:
- Register of complaints, serious incidents and discipline (ROCSID) reports from Professional Standards Command.
- Professional Development Assessment (PDA) reports for current and preceding cycles.
- Any referee report obtained by the the Transfer and Promotion Unit as part of the final vetting process of the candidate(s) which was included in the selection file.