Enterprise Agreement 2013

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Overview

After months of negotiations with its Principal Unions, Australia Post has now reached a proposed new Agreement: the Australia Post Enterprise Agreement 2013. The formal access period where Australia Post employees have seven days to consider the new Agreement commences on 12 June. Voting for the Agreement will open on 20 June and employees will have two weeks to return their postal vote to the Australian Electoral Commission.

It's important that employees consider the new Agreement and its implications for them and their working conditions. Our current Agreement (the Australia Post Fair Work Agreement 2010) was the result of an intensive negotiation process with our Principal Unions. It's a thorough and comprehensive document that contains the terms and conditions of employment for our Award employees. We know our people value these terms and conditions, because 73 per cent of employees voted "yes" for the Agreement when it went to a vote in October 2010.

Our proposed new Agreement is a rollover agreement. This means the terms and conditions contained in the current Agreement will generally continue under the new Agreement. There are some changes, such as wages and the name and term of the Agreement.

Rolling over our current Agreement with minimal change will protect the terms and conditions that are important to our employees, like leave entitlements, workplace flexibility, penalty rates and overtime. It will also give us the operational stability we need to invest in and grow our business, safeguard jobs and to continue to provide a high-quality service to our customers.

A summary document titled Your Guide to the Agreement (132kb) clearly explains the new Agreement, including what's new and what's the same. This is also available in Vietnamese (180kb), Tagalog (188kb) and Chinese (Traditional) (848kb).

You can download a copy of the full Australia Post Enterprise Agreement 2013 and any materials that are referred to in it by clicking on the links below.

You can also request to have a copy of the full Agreement sent to you by calling the Enterprise Agreement 2013 hotline on 1800 106 245 or emailing ea2013@auspost.com.au.  Additionally, for Australia Post employees wishing to view HR pay rates, contact your manager.

Fast facts Click to expand Click to collapse

  • An Enterprise Agreement sets out the terms and conditions of your employment
    An Enterprise Agreement is a collective agreement made between an employer and its employees that sets out the terms and conditions of their employment.
  • It covers the majority of our people
    Most of the employees who work for Australia Post will be covered by our Enterprise Agreement. If you are covered by the current Fair Work Agreement, you will be covered by the new Enterprise Agreement.
  • A typical agreement covers a broad range of things
    An Enterprise Agreement typically covers a range of terms and conditions including rates of pay, hours of work, allowances, shift work, overtime and leave. It must include a dispute resolution procedure, consultation requirements and individual flexibility arrangements.
  • Bargaining representatives do the negotiating on your behalf
    The people who negotiate the agreement on your behalf are known as bargaining representatives.
  • Bargaining ends when an agreement is voted on and approved by employees
    There is no set period of time in which negotiations must take place. The process takes time. Bargaining will end when an agreement is voted on and approved by a majority of employees it covers. We are working towards a new Enterprise Agreement being in place by 1 August 2013.

Bargaining representatives Click to expand Click to collapse

Bargaining representatives can be employer-appointed or appointed by any employee who is covered by the proposed agreement.

The role of a bargaining representative is to represent the parties involved in the negotiation: that means Australia Post (the employer) and you (the employees covered by the proposed Enterprise Agreement). The individuals appointed as representatives need to engage in the process and seek to reach agreement.

It is a requirement under the Fair Work Act that bargaining representatives meet good faith bargaining requirements. These provide ground rules on how representatives behave and treat each other.

You can decide to appoint a bargaining representative, including yourself, but you don't have to. The person you appoint must be willing to be your bargaining representative and they must agree to comply with the good faith bargaining requirements.

If you are covered by the proposed agreement you can appoint a representative at any stage in the process, up until agreement is reached. As bargaining is commencing, we'd encourage you to appoint your representative now.

How to appoint a bargaining representative

If you have a member of a union that is entitled to represent you, they are your automatic bargaining representative unless you revoke their status.

To appoint yourself or someone else as a bargaining representative, simply complete the online nomination form. Alternatively, download the nomination form (586kb).

Good faith bargaining requirements

Good faith bargaining requirements encourage parties (Australia Post, unions, employees and their bargaining representatives) to communicate openly and to focus their negotiations on key issues.

These requirements do not mean that a representative has to agree with or accept the position of another representative. They aim to encourage fair, open and constructive negotiations between bargaining representatives.

As set out under the Fair Work Act, parties should meet the following good faith bargaining requirements:

  • Participate / attend / meet at reasonable times
  • Disclose relevant information
  • Respond to proposals made by others in a timely manner
  • Give genuine consideration to the proposals of others and provide reasons for responses
  • Refrain from capricious or unfair conduct which undermines collective bargaining or freedom of association
  • Recognise and bargain with the other bargaining representatives

Your notice of representational rights Click to expand Click to collapse

The notice of representational rights (contained in the Enterprise Agreement 2013 brochure (363kb) is your formal legal notice under the Fair Work Act that bargaining is about to commence. It tells you about your representational rights during bargaining.

Our current agreement: FWA 2010 Click to expand Click to collapse

In 2010, Australia Post, the CEPU and CPSU reached agreement on the contents of an enterprise agreement, known as the Australia Post Fair Work Agreement (APFWA). This agreement was approved by staff and by Fair Work Australia (now the Fair Work Commission). This is the agreement currently in place.

You can also download other documents referred to in the agreement, from the list below.

Please note: These documents are not incorporated into the agreement and are subject to variation without notice.

An overview of the bargaining process

Step-by-step

While it's impossible to say exactly how long each step will take, Australia Post would like to reach agreement as quickly as possible by having straightforward, respectful and fair bargaining conversations.

Stage  Summary  Steps involved 

1. Bargaining and negotiation

Bargaining representatives negotiate the terms and conditions of the new Enterprise Agreement

Formal commencement of bargaining: the brochure mailed to award employees in February is formal notice that bargaining is about to begin.

Bargaining representatives nominated: the unions that represent Australia Post are automatically bargaining representatives. You can appoint a representative (or you can represent yourself) if you choose. 

Bargaining meetings are held with Australia Post representatives, union representatives and other employee representatives to negotiate the terms and conditions. 

2.  Proposal and vote

Employees are presented with the proposed Enterprise Agreement and are given time to consider it. They then vote whether to accept the terms and conditions of the agreement. 

Enterprise Agreement drafted ready for vote. 

Employees review the agreement - at least 7 days is provided for employees to review the proposed agreement. 

Voting details communicated. 

Voting takes place.

3. Implementation 

Once it's approved by the majority of employees who voted, the Enterprise Agreement goes to the Fair Work Commission for approval. 

Approval by majority of voting employees (50% +1 vote = yes) 

Enterprise Agreement lodged with the Fair Work Commission (within 14 days of vote). 

Approved by Fair Work Commission (the Enterprise Agreement must satisfy all legal requirements and provide better terms and conditions overall that the relevant awards). 

Agreement comes into effect (7 days later or as otherwise specified). 

Latest news and updates

Latest news

25/07/2013: New Enterprise Agreement Approved Click to expand Click to collapse

On 22 July, the Fair Work Commission approved the Australia Post Enterprise Agreement 2013 (effective 29 July 2013), following the resounding endorsement by 75 per cent of our award staff who voted in the recent ballot.

The wages benefits of the Agreement will start to flow to award staff in the first full pay period of August (14 August), with award staff also receiving the up-front cash bonus for helping Australia Post achieve a back-to-back agreement.

10/07/2013: Resounding YES Vote Click to expand Click to collapse

On 4 July, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) advised that a majority of employees who cast a valid vote, voted in favour of the Australia Post Enterprise Agreement 2013.

The result of the AEC ballot indicated 75 per cent of Australia Post award staff voted Yes for Enterprise Agreement 2013, with every single state and territory recording a majority Yes vote.

Australia Post will be lodging the Agreement with the Fair Work Commission for approval, so that it will take effect as soon as possible.

20/06/2013: Voting Ballot open 20 June to 3 July Click to expand Click to collapse

The ballot period to vote on the proposed Enterprise Agreement 2013 opens today.

The Agreement seeks to cover the pay and working conditions for Australia Post award employees until December 2016, so we encourage all Award staff to have their say on Enterprise Agreement 2013 by casting their vote.

It is important employees consider the benefits of the Agreement and read through the EA2013 materials before casting their vote. If we don't get a majority 'YES' vote for EA2013, only the 1.5 per cent pay rise in December 2013 will apply. Beyond that, there is no commitment to an increase in wages. So every vote counts.

The ballot is being conducted by the Australia Electoral Commission (AEC). Please remember, in order for your vote to count, you must return the ballot paper before voting closes at 5.00pm on Wednesday 3 July.

We encourage staff to not only vote, but to vote 'YES' for the Enterprise Agreement 2013.

While the ballot is open from 20 June - 3 July 2013, should you have any questions about the ballot process or the proposed Enterprise Agreement, you can contact the EA2013 Hotline on 1800 106 245 or email ea2013@auspost.com.au.

11/06/2013: New proposed Australia Post Agreement 2013 Click to expand Click to collapse

Formal access for the new proposed Enterprise Agreement commences Wednesday 12 June.  See the overview for latest information and access to the new proposed Agreement, Summary Guide and supporting documents.

14/05/2013: Negotiations Update Click to expand Click to collapse

Australia Post and its Principal Unions held a second Union Summit on Tuesday 7 May to discuss the proposed terms and conditions of our next Agreement. Both parties continue to adhere to the Good Faith Bargaining requirements and are working towards reaching an agreement soon.

15/04/2013: National Employee Engagement Program Click to expand Click to collapse

Over the past week, Australia Post MD & CEO, Ahmed Fahour and the Executive Committee travelled across Australia to engage face-to-face with thousands of employees and Union representatives regarding the challenging environment that Australia Post currently faces. At each opportunity, Ahmed explained that Australia Post remains committed to managing the challenges in the traditional core business (letters), while also investing in the growth opportunities presented by the growth of ecommerce, especially online shopping. This will provide long term benefits for our parcels division, as well as our retail and delivery activities.

The engagement program, which consisted of private meetings, town hall events and over 40 site/facility visits, allowed stakeholders to ask specific questions around the terms and conditions being negotiated in the next Enterprise Agreement.

04/04/2013: Negotiations Update Click to expand Click to collapse

Australia Post and its Principle Unions (the CWU and CPSU) are continuing to have constructive discussions and both parties are meeting good faith bargaining requirements as set out under the Fair Work Act.

The group are discussing a wide range of issues relevant to our workforce - all of which are important and worthy of discussion, but not all issues are appropriate to include in a 3 year Enterprise Agreement. Australia Post is committed to addressing and responding to all issues tabled by the Unions, many of which can be worked through on a local or operational level, or through existing consultative forums.

Timetables and cross-functional working parties have been established to explore issues in more detail and present back to the wider group over the coming weeks. So far, the negotiations have been a good use of time and all members are working diligently to ensure we secure back-to-back Agreements.

19/03/13: Negotiations commence Click to expand Click to collapse

Australia Post and its Principal Unions (the CWU and CPSU) began discussing the terms and conditions of our next Enterprise Agreement. They will meet regularly until a proposal is developed to share with Award employees.

09/03/13: National teleconference held with 900 managers Click to expand Click to collapse

Australia Post MD & CEO Ahmed Fahour held a national teleconference with around 900 people managers across the country to discuss the importance of reaching a sustainable new agreement that meets the needs of our people and our business.

01/03/13: Union Summit Click to expand Click to collapse

Australia Post and Union representatives met today to kick off the Enterprise Agreement negotiations. This was the first opportunity for issues to be tabled for further discussion and negotiation. During the summit both parties were respectful and courteous towards each other and this has set the tone for efficient negotiations. The groups will reconvene towards the middle of the month to kick off a series of negotiation meetings to discuss these and other matters in more detail.

18/02/13: Brochure sent to employees Click to expand Click to collapse

Today, Australia Post mailed a brochure to all award employees to let them know bargaining has commenced.

Support & FAQs

More information

Your managers will be able to answer many of your questions. If they don't have an answer, they'll find out and get back to you.

You can also call our hotline on 1800 106 245 or email us ea2013@auspost.com.au.

Frequently asked questions

Who will be covered by the Australia Post Enterprise Agreement 2013? Click to expand Click to collapse

The new Agreement will cover Australia Post employees in the classifications contained in Attachment A of the new Agreement.

Where can I find a full copy of the new Agreement? Click to expand Click to collapse

A full copy of the Australia Post Enterprise Agreement 2013, including all reference materials, can be downloaded at auspost.com.au/ea2013. You can also request a copy through the EA2013 hotline on 1800 106 245 or email ea2013@auspost.com.au, or from your Manager.

Where can I find documents that are referred to in the new Agreement? Click to expand Click to collapse

Documents referred to in the new Agreement can be accessed online at auspost.com.au/ea2013. You can also request copies through the EA2013 hotline on 1800 106 245 or email ea2013@auspost.com.au, or from your Manager.

The reference documents are: 

  • Australia Post Principal Determination
  • Work Level or Classification Standards (clause 11.1)
  • Existing procedures for the selection of employees (clause 11.5.1)
  • Process for part-time employees to seek review of their hours (clause 16.6) 
  • WorkReady Process (clause 21.13.3)
  • National Attendance Guidelines (clause 21.14) and
  • Retail Post Conversion Policy (clause 40.2.3).

The Australia Post Human Resources Rates of Pay Manual is located in every Australia Post workplace, so ask your Manager if you'd like to see the manual.

English is my second language. How can I be sure that I understand the new Agreement and how it will affect me? Click to expand Click to collapse

An interpreter service is available for culturally and linguistically diverse employees. To access the service call the EA2013 hotline on 1800 106 245. This summary guide is also available online in Vietnamese, Tagalog and Chinese - traditional.

Why is the new Agreement so long? Click to expand Click to collapse

The new Agreement retains the content and benefits of our Awards including:

  • Our commitment to Anti-Discrimination (clause 4) 
  • Facilitative Provisions (clause 6)
  • Hours of Duty (clause 16)
  • Overtime (clause 17)
  • Excess Travel Time (clause 18)
  • Shift Work (clause 19)
  • Public Holidays (clause 29).

The new Agreement also preserves the:

  • Redundancy/Redeployment/Retraining (RRR)
  • Agreement (Attachment K)
  • Interstate Linehaul Agreement (Attachment D)
  • Sprintpak Division Agreement (Attachment I)
  • Home Based Work Agreement (Attachment J).

What is the voting process? Click to expand Click to collapse

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) independently manages the ballot. The AEC will send a ballot paper to your mailing address, which will include instructions on how to vote and a Reply Paid envelope so you can return your vote to them.

Do I have to vote? Click to expand Click to collapse

No, voting is not compulsory. However, the new Agreement will cover the terms and conditions of your employment, so it's important that you vote and have your say on the new Agreement.

When is the new Agreement approved? Click to expand Click to collapse

The new Agreement is approved if the majority of employees who vote in the ballot vote "yes" (50 per cent + 1 vote = "yes").

When does bargaining start? Click to expand Click to collapse

Australia Post and its Principal Unions officially commenced negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement on 19 March, following a Union Summit which was held on 1 March.

What is a "Notice of Employee Representational Rights"? Click to expand Click to collapse

The notice explains to employees that bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement is commencing and that they have the right to be represented by a bargaining representative during the negotiations.

Do employees have to appoint a bargaining representative? Click to expand Click to collapse

No, you are not required to appoint a bargaining representative.

If you are a member of a union that is entitled to represent you, your union will automatically be your bargaining representative unless you appoint another person (or yourself) as your representative, or you revoke the union's status.

How long will bargaining take? Click to expand Click to collapse

There is no set period of time for negotiations.

Australia Post is aiming to reach agreement as quickly as possible by having straightforward, respectful and fair bargaining conversations. We are working towards a new Enterprise Agreement being in place by 1 August 2013.

Who will the new Enterprise Agreement terms and conditions apply to? Click to expand Click to collapse

The new Enterprise Agreement will cover employees of Australia Post in classifications contained in Attachment A of the Australia Post Fair Work Agreement 2010.

What terms and conditions can be covered in an Enterprise Agreement? Click to expand Click to collapse

A broad range of terms and conditions can be covered, including:

  • rates of pay
  • hours of work
  • allowances, shift work and overtime.

By law, an Enterprise Agreement must include a dispute resolution procedure, consultation requirements and individual flexibility arrangements.

Australia Post employees

Please ensure your address is up-to-date for when we send out your voting form. To update your details, print the Change Personal Details form and send it back as soon as possible.

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Contact us

Do you have questions or feedback about the new Enterprise Agreement? Call 1800 106 245 or email us.