We’ve included answers to some frequently asked questions below. If you have any other questions, please contact us!
What is Bumpd?
Bumpd is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
We run and operate this website, including our free online tool, which automates the preparation of an unfair dismissal claim to the Fair Work Commission for people who have lost their job because of pregnancy or parenting-related discrimination. It makes the process of seeking compensation and standing up for your rights faster and easier, and empowers you to take control of your own case.
What’s the catch? How can this be free?
Bumpd is run by a team of volunteers with a passion for access to justice, and funded through generous donations and grants. We are completely not-for-profit. Our operating costs are kept low through utilising recent advances in ‘no-code’ software development technology, which significantly reduces the amount of time and money otherwise required to build an automation product like Bumpd. In our case, our technology is provided by Checkbox, a leading Australian-based technology startup.
Note that Bumpd is completely free to use, but the Fair Work Commission does have their own application fee ($74.90). It’s possible to apply for a fee waiver if this would cause you serious hardship. In any case, our tool will guide you through the payment/fee waiver process.
Is Bumpd reliable?
The team members leading the design and development of our online tool are all qualified practising lawyers with top-tier legal experience, as well as being at the forefront of innovation in the legal industry. Our team is drawing on that expertise and applying it to what we feel is an important social issue.
Can I try Bumpd before I actually submit a claim to the Fair Work Commission?
Yes! Simply start an application through our online tool. You can have a look at the questions and save your progress as you go along.
After you complete the questionnaire in our online tool, we will send you a draft unfair dismissal application. If you are not satisfied with it, or otherwise don’t wish to proceed, there’s nothing more you need to do. Nothing is provided to the Fair Work Commission, your employer or anyone else until you have reviewed, edited (if applicable) and re-uploaded the unfair dismissal application to Bumpd.
How long will this take me?
It usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire in our online tool, depending on the complexity of your situation.
Will my data be secure?
Why unfair dismissal? I heard that there are other legal claims that I can make instead.
We chose to build our online tool around unfair dismissal after careful consideration. We believe unfair dismissal is best suited for our online tool to serve the greatest number of people, and give our users the overall best chance of a good outcome for their case. It is not the only legal option though, and we encourage all users to be informed.
Bumpd is not trying to replace lawyers. If it makes sense to hire a lawyer for your situation, and you can afford to pay for a good lawyer, then you should do that. However, we know hiring a lawyer is usually the last thing people want to do, and the cost/benefit sometimes does not stack up.
What happens after Bumpd submits my unfair dismissal application to the Fair Work Commission?
After you complete the questionnaire in our online tool, we will provide you with a draft unfair dismissal application. We will only submit your unfair dismissal application to the Fair Work Commission after you have reviewed, edited (if applicable) and re-uploaded the unfair dismissal application to Bumpd.
The next steps after the unfair dismissal application has been submitted to the Fair Work Commission are explained here. There is further information here on the unfair dismissal process generally. If at any stage you feel unsure about your legal position or what to do, we recommend you speak to a lawyer.