See Fair Work Act 2009 ss.242–245
A bargaining representative or a union entitled to represent the industrial interests of an employee in relation to work to be performed under a proposed multi-enterprise agreement may apply for a low-paid authorisation.
If granted, a low-paid authorisation makes additional rules applicable to certain employers in relation to a multi-enterprise agreement. Employers specified in a low-paid authorisation will be obliged to bargain in good faith and will be required to give employees a notice of employee representational rights (which is not generally the case for multi-enterprise agreement making).
An application for a bargaining order cannot be made in relation to a proposed multi-enterprise agreement unless a low-paid authorisation is in operation in relation to the agreement. The Fair Work Commission also has additional powers to facilitate bargaining for the agreement (including on its own initiative).
A low-paid authorisation is only available in relation to a proposed multi-enterprise agreement, and cannot be made in relation to a proposed greenfields agreement.