One of the changes made by the Secure Jobs Better Pay Act 2022 is to the provisions regulating protected ballot order applications for both single and multi employer enterprise agreements which comes into effect from 6 June 2023.
When is a protected ballot order required?
What are the changes to protected action ballot order applications?
As mentioned above one of the requirements for the employee claim action to be protected, there must have been a protected action ballot of employees. This is done through a bargaining representative applying to the commission for a protected ballot order.
From 6 June 2023 the following changes will take effect with respect to protected ballot order applications:
What is the purpose of the conference?
The purpose of the conference is to facilitate the parties reaching an agreement on some or all of the unresolved issues. During this conference the Commission will expect the parties to make a genuine attempt in reaching an agreement
The Commission Member facilitating the conference has a wide discretion and can facilitate the meeting through mediation, conciliation, making a recommendation or expressing an opinion.
Protected Action Ballot Agents
The Australian Electoral Commission has been removed as the default agent to conduct protected action ballots. The Commission will be able to approve ballot agents to conduct protected action ballots if it is satisfied they are a fit and proper person and meet any other prescribed requirements. The Commission must review an approval at least every 3 years.