Cooperative Workplaces (formerly known as New Approaches) is a program to help parties find ways to build cooperative working relationships. It aims to both address immediate issues and establish processes that work long term.
How does it work?
The Fair Work Commission draws on its vast understanding and experience to help parties
- identify shared and conflicting interests
- resolve and prevent disputes
- avoid arbitration
- reach agreements
- support change
The program supports parties in reaching agreement and establishing processes for future negotiations through
How does this help?
The Cooperative Workplaces process delivers
- outcomes that meet the needs of all parties
- efficient agreement reaching and approval process
Aiming to improve
- workplace performance
- work satisfaction
- wellbeing and safety
- working relationships
How do I get started?
The Cooperative Workplaces program will only work if both parties are committed to it.
The first step is for the Commission to ensure all involved understand the process and agree. The Commission will provide a 2-3 hour information session to any of the interested parties.
The Commission is looking for employer or employee bodies who
- are genuinely interested in moving away from an adversarial relationship
- want to build a cooperative relationship
- are aware of the time commitment required by the Cooperative Workplaces program
- are clear and open with each other about the purpose of the process.
If you think Cooperative Workplaces can help you and your workplace, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens then?
When both parties agree, the formal application starts with the Form F79 – Cooperative Workplaces application
The services the Commission may provide include:
- training in interest-based bargaining
- help with enterprise bargaining
- help with developing joint processes to implement enterprise agreements
- training in interest-based dispute resolution
- training and assistance in collaborative workplace change, including training for consultative committees
Still have questions?
Contact the Commission to discuss the Cooperative Workplaces process before applying: email@example.com.