Redundancy pay and a notice of termination form part of the National Employment Standards (NES). The NES applies to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your current job. The main reason happens is when an employer needs to reduce their workforce. Once you have been told you may be being made redundant, you may be eligible for certain things such as redundancy pay or the option to move into a new job.

If you are being made redundant you should be given a notice period after a consultation with your employer, you may even be given time off to find a new job.

If redundancy is on the cards you must be selected fairly, you cannot be selected because of gender, your age or if you are disabled or pregnant if you are offered redundancy for any of these reasons it could be classed as unfair dismissal.

There are various methods used to select redundancies. These should be done objectively and fairly. There are common methods that are used such as:

Self-selection; asking for volunteers for redundancy

Staff Appraisals

Disciplinary records


Your employer can make you redundant without having to follow the selection process if your job no longer exists:

The whole company is closing down, and every single person is being made redundant

You’re the only employee in that part of the organisation


If you have been selected for redundancy, you may still be offered alternative work, for this to be valid it must be offered in writing and made before the current contract ends. It should also show the differences between the roles.


There are various redundancy helplines that you can ring for help and advice:


Acts: 0300 123 1100

Insolvency Service redundancy payments helpline: 0330 331 0020

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