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.
The laws covering agreement making changed on 6 June 2023. Use this information if your notification time is before 6 June 2023. If notification time for your application is on or after 6 June 2023, see Changes to making Agreements for a summary of the new laws.
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 related employers
In some cases, 2 or more employers may make a single enterprise agreement. They must be related employers, which means they are one of the following:
- a joint venture or common enterprise
- related body corporate entities
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.
‘Related 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 supported bargaining authorisation. This is a special set of rules that help low-paid employees take part in bargaining.
Where employers have clearly identifiable common interests, representatives can apply for a single-interest employer authorisation.
Unless we have issued a supported bargaining authorisation or a Single-Interest Authorisation, multi-enterprise agreements are co-operative workplace agreements.