Employers may make single and multi-enterprise agreements for their business. To understand which agreement applies to you, see Agreements on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
Single enterprise agreements
Most agreements are single enterprise agreements.
An employer may make a single enterprise agreement with its employees. An agreement covers employees when they:
- are employees at the time the agreement is made
- start work for the employer after the agreement is made.
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About single-interest employers
In some cases, 2 or more employers may make a single enterprise agreement. They must be ‘single interest’ employers, which means they are one of the following:
- a joint venture or common enterprise
- related body corporate entities
- named in a relevant ‘single-interest employer authorisation’.
Two or more employers may make a multi-enterprise agreement. The agreement is only with the people who are:
- employees at the time the agreement is made AND
- employees who will be covered by the agreement.
‘Single-interest employers’ cannot make multi-enterprise agreements.
Employers must follow the process to make a multi-enterprise agreement.
Representatives for a multi-enterprise agreement may apply for a low-paid authorisation. This is a special set of rules that help low-paid employees take part in bargaining.