A registered agent is a person who represents a union or a public service employer when acting as a recognised advocate for the respondent in an SAET matter.
Lawyers, and officers and employees of the association of which the respondent is a member, are among other people who may represent the defendant.
A registered agent can represent the respondent at conferences held during industrial disputes, with the permission of the presiding SAET member.
On many occasions when SAET sits as the Court a party may be represented a legal practitioner, a Registered Agent, an officer or employee of an association of which the party is a member, or a person who provides the representation for free.
At conferences held during industrial disputes a party can be represented by a Registered Agent or lawyer with permission of the presiding member.
A Recognised Advocate is a registered agent who represents a union or a public service employer at SAET.
Who can apply?
To become a registered agent you must meet criteria including having experience in industrial relations negotiation and advocating; being able to interpret awards, agreements and policies; and being a good communicator. The application form sets out the full range of requirements.
What do I have to do?
Within three days of submitting your application to SAET you must publish a notice of your application in The Advertiser.
Registered agents must conform to the Code of Conduct.
What forms are relevant?
- Applications for registered agents must be in accordance with the Fair Work (Representation) Regulations 2009.
Is there a cost?
Since 1 July 2018 the registration fee has been $242 a year. Most people register for two years, at a cost of $484.
Where can I find more information?
The SAET Registrar is required to keep a list of registered agents.
This is provided as general information and is not to be considered as a recommendation of any registered agent on the list.