Enterprise Bargaining

The University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 notionally expires on 30 June 2021.

The University has commenced bargaining for a new enterprise agreement and has established this webpage as a way for staff to provide input into the new agreement and to keep staff informed of the progress of enterprise bargaining negotiations.



What is Enterprise Bargaining?

To assist you in understanding Enterprise Bargaining, please refer to the FAQs below.

  • What is an Enterprise Agreement?

    An Enterprise Agreement is an agreement made between an employer and its employees that sets out the terms and conditions of employment. You can find the University of Adelaide’s current agreement at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/hr/handbook/enterprise-agreement/. This agreement will continue to operate until it is either terminated or replaced by a new Enterprise Agreement.

  • What is Enterprise Bargaining?

    Enterprise Bargaining is the process where an employer, its employees and the unions representing them, negotiate conditions of employment for a proposed agreement. This occurs in the form of meetings between the employer, unions and other bargaining representatives to negotiate a draft agreement. Once the content of the agreement has been agreed in principle between the bargaining parties, it is put to a vote by all employees covered by the particular agreement.

  • Who represents me in enterprise agreement negotiations with the University?

    All staff were notified by the University of the right to representation in bargaining via email on 23 March 2021. If you are a member of a union that is entitled to represent you, your union will automatically be your bargaining representative for the negotiation process. You can find out more about how to nominate a bargaining representative at the Fair Work Commission's Enterprise Agreements Benchbook.

  • How long will bargaining take?

    The length of a bargaining process varies depending on a number of factors, however the University seeks to reach an agreement in a timeframe that is as efficient as possible.

  • What is Good Faith Bargaining?

    The University is committed to bargaining in good faith with you and your representatives and working cooperatively for the best outcome for all. Everyone involved in the bargaining process is required by the Fair Work Act to bargain in good faith, which means the University, unions and employees and their representatives must:

    • attend, and participate in, meetings at reasonable times;
    • disclose relevant information (other than confidential or commercially sensitive information) in a timely manner;
    • respond to proposals made in a timely manner;
    • give genuine consideration to proposals and give reasons for responses to those proposals;
    • refrain from capricious or unfair conduct that undermines freedom of association or collective bargaining;
    • recognise and bargain with the other bargaining representatives for the agreement.
  • When will I be able to vote for a new Enterprise Agreement?

    At least seven days before voting for an agreement, you will be given a copy of the proposed agreement and further information and materials to assist with the voting process.

  • Where can I find out more about Enterprise Bargaining in general?

    The Fair Work Commission website provides general information about enterprise agreements and the enterprise bargaining process via the Fair Work Commission. Further information can be found in the Fair Work Commission's Enterprise Agreements Benchbook.

  • How can I stay up to date?

    The University will continue to communicate directly with you and provide regular updates throughout the bargaining process. You will find information about the progress of our negotiations on the Enterprise Bargaining webpage.

  • How can I provide feedback?

    You can email any comments or questions to our mailbox at eaquestions@adelaide.edu.au. We are interested in your feedback and will consider and respond to all emails received.


All staff communication

  • 23 March 2021 – Enterprise Bargaining to commence

    Dear colleagues,

    The University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 notionally expires on 30 June 2021 (though it remains in effect until there is a new agreement), with the negotiation process for the next agreement due to commence three months before the current agreement expires. The University has been preparing to schedule formal bargaining committee meetings with the NTEU and CPSU in line with the commitment we made during the last round of enterprise bargaining. To this end, you will shortly receive by email a Notice of Employee Representational Rights, as required by the Fair Work Act, which provides information about nominating a bargaining representative and which signifies the formal start of the negotiation process.

    An Enterprise Agreement sets out terms and conditions of employment and so, as we prepare for the next agreement, we are interested in your views about the current agreement and what you would seek to have included in the next one. We have established a webpage https://www.adelaide.edu.au/hr/enterprise-agreement/enterprise-bargaining as a way for you to provide input into the new agreement and to keep you informed of the progress of negotiations as they occur throughout the course of 2021. A dedicated email address has also been set up. All questions or comments sent to eaquestions@adelaide.edu.au will be acknowledged and a response provided.

    As we enter the negotiation process, I emphasise that the University is committed to bargaining in good faith with you and your representatives and working cooperatively for the best outcome for all. We will be communicating directly with you throughout the negotiation process as well as engaging with your representatives.

    The EA Variation (Schedule 8 of the EA) also expires on 30 June 2021, though unlike the EA proper, it will no longer have effect after that date.

    I look forward to a positive and effective bargaining process, and working together with you towards a new agreement which benefits and works for staff and the University as a whole.

    Kind regards,


  • 23 March 2021 – Notice of Employee Representational Rights - Enterprise Agreement

    Dear colleagues,

    Please find the Notice of Employee Representational Rights attached.

    Kind regards,

    Elysia Ryan


Documents/Fact Sheets


Contact Us

For all queries in relation to enterprise bargaining, please email the team at eaquestions@adelaide.edu.au. In the meantime, the Enterprise Bargaining FAQs may be able to assist you with your query.