How to claim unpaid wages over $20,000

If you have been underpaid by over $20,000, you’ll need to make a claim to the Fair Work division of the Federal Circuit Court.

This fact sheet explains what unpaid entitlements are and how to make a claim to the Fair Work division of the Federal Circuit Court. If you want to claim unpaid wages or entitlements over $20,000 in unpaid wages, this fact sheet will help you understand the process. For claims under $20,000, see our small claims fact sheet.

You can make a general application for unpaid entitlements within six years of when you were supposed to receive:

  • unpaid wages, including overtime
  • unpaid leave entitlements, including annual leave
  • unpaid penalties or allowances, e.g. public holiday pay.

This fact sheet covers:

  • What are ‘Unpaid Entitlements’?
  • How to make an unpaid entitlements claim for more than $20,000 in the Federal Circuit Court
  • Orders the Federal Circuit Court can make
Claiming for Unpaid Entitlements in the Federal Circuit Court Download PDF (236 KB)
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