Introduction The process to make a new single and multi-enterprise agreement can be complex. The timeframe is set by the Fair Work Act. The process for greenfields agreements is different. Content Help with the process The process to make an agreement can be complex. For help, contact email@example.com. We will try to respond within 2 business days. Expand all Close all 1 Plan to make an agreement An employer or employee may want a new enterprise agreement. If the employer does not agree to start the process, the employee may apply for a determination to force them. Understand the timeframes to follow Plan how to communicate with employees If you need to, Apply for a ‘majority support determination’ to start the process. 2 Start the bargaining process At the start of bargaining, the employer must tell employees of their right to representation. Follow the process to create and distribute the NERR Appoint bargaining representatives Make sure representatives bargain in good faith Ask us to help resolve a bargaining dispute. 3 Develop the agreement The employer creates the terms and conditions of the agreement. They negotiate on these with employees or their representatives. Know what you must include or exclude Check the agreement makes employees ‘better off overall’ Avoid common errors when you write the agreement. 4 Prepare employees to vote The employer must give employees access to the right documents before they vote. Explain the terms of the agreement to the employees it covers Give employees specific information during the access period Tell employees how and when to vote by the start of the access period Make a note of how and when employees vote. 5 Apply for approval If the agreement is accepted (‘made’) after voting, apply for approval within 14 days. Check your application is ready to lodge Find out the standards we look at for your agreement Fill out the application. 6 Commission issues a decision An agreement is not active unless the Commission approves it. The Member may ask for an undertaking* to correct a minor issue or defect before approval. Write an undertaking if we ask you to. We may also ask you for a submission or more information. Find a Commission decision Search for an agreement.