Fair Work basics: What is a support person?

Friday 6 October, 2017 | By: CCIQ | Tags: HR, support person, Fair Work, termination, performance management;

What is a support person?

Can your staff member invite one and what is their role supposed to be?

Anastasia Caris, CCIQ Employer Assistance Advisor, discusses what is involved in these circumstances and how important it is in the workplace.


The Fair Work Act tells us that an employer cannot unreasonably refuse for an employee to have a support person present during any disciplinary meeting or workplace investigation. Does this mean that you are obligated to offer a support person?

There are no legislated guidelines in relation to who can be a support person, but we can rely on previous rulings to clarify the meaning of their role.

This short video from the Employer Assistance Team seeks to provide you with an overview of when to offer a support person, who can be a support, and what their role will be in your meeting. 

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