About Enterprise Bargaining


What is Enterprise Bargaining?

Enterprise Bargaining is the process of an employer bargaining with its employees to determine conditions of employment. Murdoch University has traditionally undertaken the process of collective bargaining with employees and unions to negotiate conditions of employment.

The Murdoch University Enterprise Agreement 2014 is currently in operation and will continue to operate until it has been terminated or replaced by a new Enterprise Agreement.

The University has developed information sheets to assist our staff to understand the bargaining positions the University seeks to achieve in negotiations.

Why Participate in Enterprise Bargaining?

Industry awards provide the minimum conditions of employment for most University staff. Conditions outlined in Enterprise Agreements prevail over the safety-net of Award conditions. Through Enterprise Bargaining, the University and staff are able to discuss and negotiate conditions relevant and important to the sector and to our staff.

How is an Agreement made?

The bargaining agents, which include representatives of staff members, meet to negotiate a draft Agreement. Once the Agreement content has been agreed in principle between the bargaining agents, the Agreement will then be put to staff members for their approval. If a valid majority of staff members vote in favour of the Agreement, the Agreement will then be sent to ‘the Fair Work Commission for approval.