Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise Bargaining - Notice of Employee Representational Rights

16 April 2012

As you may know, our current Enterprise Agreement (EA) has a nominal expiry date of 31 May 2012. Although the EA will continue to operate after its nominal expiry date, the University now wishes to commence a bargaining process to develop a new agreement, and we are proposing to start negotiations in early May.

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, staff are entitled to be represented by 'bargaining representatives', and a notice about this is available on the Enterprise Agreement website. Unions that are entitled to represent University staff are automatically bargaining representatives without the need for any appointment by individual staff members. If you wish to appoint a bargaining representative, could you please forward your notice of appointment to For your representative to be involved in the initial bargaining meetings, we need to receive notices of appointment by 27 April 2012.

We are also keen to hear staff views about the new Enterprise Agreement, and I encourage you to submit comments about your concerns and priorities for the new agreement through the Enterprise Agreement website. I have also arranged a series of local meetings over the coming weeks and look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Spence