Enterprise agreements and other registered agreements are legal documents covering employers and employees that set out minimum employment terms and conditions.
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There are 3 types of enterprise agreements that can apply to employers and employees collectively. These are:
- single-enterprise agreements (covering a single business or enterprise)
- multi-enterprise agreements (covering more than one business or enterprise)
- greenfields agreements (covering new enterprises that don’t have any employees yet).
Other registered agreements can also apply to:
- one business
- a group of businesses, or
- an individual employee (but these types of agreements can't be made anymore).
If an enterprise agreement or another registered agreement applies to employees in a workplace, no award will apply to those employees. However:
- the base pay rate in the agreement can’t be less than the base pay rate in the award
- the National Employment Standards still apply
- any terms about outworkers in the award still apply.
Enterprise agreements and other registered agreements apply until they are terminated or replaced.
For more information about types of agreements, visit Fair Work Commission – About enterprise agreements.
The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) is the national workplace relations tribunal. They review and approve all agreements.
The Commission has a database of past and current agreements on their website. You can find enterprise agreements and other registered agreements at Fair Work Commission – Find an agreement.
Employers, employees and their representatives are involved in the process of negotiating an enterprise agreement.
To make an enterprise agreement, there are rules about the process that employers, employees and their representatives have to follow. There are also rules about what has to be included in an enterprise agreement so that it can be approved by the Commission.
Agreements have to meet the Better Off Overall Test (BOOT). This is a test to make sure the agreement leaves employees better off than the minimum award entitlements.
Find out the rules and requirements that apply for agreement-making on the Commission’s website, including about:
- how to make an enterprise agreement
- who can make an enterprise agreement
- what an enterprise agreement can include
- terminating enterprise agreements.
Help with agreement-making
The Commission has a role in facilitating bargaining between parties and resolving disputes.
For information about how Commission supports agreement-making, visit Fair Work Commission - Implementing the new bargaining provisions.
The Commission can also help employers and employees with enterprise bargaining through their Collaborative Approaches Program. It helps parties build cooperative working relationships using interest-based approaches.
The program focuses on areas where interest-based approaches can be most helpful, including:
Find out more and check eligibility at Collaborate Approaches Program.