Registered agents

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.


Please obtain the relevant form(s) via the SAET Forms page. 

Fair Work (Representation) Regulations 2009.

Is there a cost?

From 1 July 2019 the registration fee is $254 a year. Most people register for two years, at a cost of $508.

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.