Enterprise agreements

An enterprise agreement sets out conditions of employment for employees covered by the agreement. It is negotiated within an award safety net to support the employer and employees in establishing workplace conditions that support their needs.

Some enterprise agreements provide an alternative to having wages and conditions established by the award. Others refer to some award conditions and establish other conditions.

Who is involved?

A party to an enterprise agreement can lodge an application to approve, register or vary it with SAET.

SAET’s role is to approve the agreement if it satisfies specific requirements set out in the Fair Work Act 1994.

SAET may also conciliate or issue directions when parties are working to negotiate an agreement.

What do I need to do?

If you are a party to an enterprise agreement that has been signed, you must apply for SAET approval within 21 days for SAET to approve. Once approved the agreement will then come into force.

What forms are relevant?

  • A32 – Application – Enterprise agreement
  • A33 – Application for interpretation of award or agreement
  • A36 – Application for release from agreement
  • A42 – Application to rescind an enterprise agreement
  • A43 – Application to vary an enterprise agreement
  • A44 – Application to vary or rescind an agreement (transmission of business)

These can all be downloaded from the forms page.

Is there a cost?

No.

Where can I find more information?

Copies of existing enterprise agreements can be accessed here:

To inspect the official copy of an enterprise agreement please contact SAET Registry.