About Enterprise Bargaining

The Enterprise Bargaining process is designed to promote genuine and cooperative consultation and create workplace relationships based on openness, trust & integrity. It takes a strategic and holistic view of the needs and challenges of Catholic schools.

The basics

What is Enterprise Bargaining?

Enterprise Bargaining is the process by which employees can come together as a collective to negotiate the terms of their employment with their employers. The Enterprise Agreement is the collective agreement between employers and employees, setting out the terms and conditions of their employment.

What does an Agreement normally cover?

A typical agreement covers a broad range of terms and conditions of employment, including rates of pay, hours of work, allowances, shift work, overtime and leave. It also includes a nominal expiry date, a dispute settlement procedure, individual flexibility arrangements and consultation requirements.

How long does enterprise bargaining take?

There is no set time period for negotiations to take place, and the process can take some time. Bargaining is completed when an agreement is voted on and approved by a majority of the employees that it covers.

The application for a proposed enterprise agreement must then be lodged with the Fair Work Commission within 14 days of the agreement being made or within such further period as the Fair Work Commission allows.

For more information, click through to access Fair Work’s factsheet on enterprise bargaining.