Before approving an enterprise agreement, the Fair Work Commission must ensure that approval of the agreement would not jeopardize the negotiations of one or more negotiators on a proposed enterprise agreement. If the parties fail to agree on the terms of a proposed enterprise agreement, a representative of the negotiations may ask the Commission for assistance in fair work. Among the transitional instruments based on the agreement are various collective agreements and collective agreements that could be concluded before July 1, 2009 under the former Labour Relations Act 1996. These include transitional individual contracts (ITEAs) concluded during the “transition period” (July 1, 2009-December 31, 2009). These agreements will continue to function as transitional instruments based on agreements until they are denounced or replaced. An employer issuing a Greenfields agreement must notify in writing any workers` organization that is a bargaining representative for the proposed agreement. This communication must include the beginning of the six-month negotiation period for the Greenfields agreement. The rate of pay of a worker under an enterprise agreement must not be lower than the corresponding rate of pay under the modern bonus that would apply to the worker or under a national minimum wage scale. Organizations that are negotiators (employers, employers` organizations and trade unions) for a proposed enterprise agreement must disclose certain financial benefits that they (or certain related parties) may obtain (or could obtain) because of the length of the proposed agreement. When modern rewards offer basic employment standards for entire sectors or trades, enterprise agreements are tailored agreements that meet the needs of a given company. These collective agreements are concluded between employers and workers and generally concern the conditions of employment for all. Companies can enter into agreements with their elected representatives between one or more employers and two or more employees.
They will generally address a wide range of issues, including terms of employment, pay rates and dispute resolution procedures.