Registered agents

A person involved in a case lodged under the Fair Work Act 1994 may be represented by a registered agent.

A person with the following qualifications and experience, prescribed by the Fair Work (Representation) Regulations 2009, is eligible for registration:

  • extensive experience in industrial relations;
  • a high level of written and oral communication skills;
  • a sound understanding of the human, social and political factors which influence industrial relations;
  • experience in undertaking negotiations in the industrial relations field;
  • experience in appearing as an advocate before industrial authorities;
  • experience in the interpretation and implementation of awards, industrial agreements, and industrial relations policies;
  • reasonable knowledge of the legislative framework within which industrial relations operate.

Registered agents must understand and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct established by the regulations.

A person who is not entitled to practice as a legal practitioner because their name has been struck off the roll or because of other disciplinary action is not eligible to be a registered agent.

The regulations disqualify certain other persons from registration.

Who can apply?

To become a registered agent, you must meet the criteria outlined above.

What do I have to do?

Submit an application form in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Fair Work (Representation) Regulations 2009.

Your application form must be accompanied by the following:

  • two written references from persons who are actively involved in industrial relations and provide information about your qualifications and experience; and
  • a statutory declaration that you understand and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Is there a cost?

From 1 July 2024 the fee for registration is $290 for one year. Unless otherwise determined by the Registrar, registration is for two years at a cost of $580.

List of Registered Agents

The Registrar is required to keep a register of registered agents.

The list of registered agents is not to be considered as a recommendation by SAET of any particular agent nor as a recommendation of registered agents as a form of representation over other forms.