Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018
- The Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018 applies from 6 February 2018
- Summary of the Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018
Commonwealth enterprise bargaining 2018 summary
As at 20 December 2018, staff in 30 agencies voted up 33 new enterprise agreements in 2018.
There were four agreements put to ballot unsuccessfully in four agencies in 2018. Staff in these agencies have voted up new agreements in subsequent ballots.
Successful ballots in 2018 include the Department of Finance, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Social Services, Department of the Treasury, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
Currently 13 agencies are bargaining. Of these eight are APS agencies and five non-APS agencies.
Agency discretion to apply pay increases
On 30 October 2018, the APS Commissioner advised agencies of a change to the application of the Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018 following discussions with a number of agencies.
In certain circumstances, agencies will have discretion to apply the first pay increase of their newly approved enterprise agreements at an earlier date. This approach is to ensure staff in agencies receive fair and timely pay increases.
Agencies will continue to apply the Government’s policy. These administrative arrangements only apply after staff vote up new enterprise agreements.
This decision allows that if more than 12-weeks elapse between employees voting up a new agreement and Fair Work Commission approval, a new enterprise agreement’s first pay increase may apply from the 12-week mark. The increase will be paid upon commencement of the new agreement. Agencies that have commenced bargaining can include a clause in their proposed enterprise agreement to enable this decision.
Agencies should contact their APSC Relationship Manager for more information on the decision, or write to workplacerelations [at] apsc.gov.au.
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