Ballot Process

enterprise agreement 2016-19

Where can I find the proposed Enterprise Agreement

A copy of the proposed Enterprise Agreement is available.

What is changing from the current Enterprise Agreement?

An explanation of the changes in the proposed Enterprise Agreement is also available.

What is the ‘access period’?

This is a seven day period that provides employees with the opportunity to consider the proposed Enterprise Agreement. It is required under the Fair Work Act 2009 before a ballot can be held.

When is the ballot?

The ballot will open at 12.01am on Monday 21 November 2016.

How long is the ballot period?

The ballot will close at 2.00pm on Friday 25 November 2016.

Who is eligible to vote?

Any person who is employed under the MOP(S) Act during the seven day access period before the ballot or during the ballot is entitled to vote. For casual employees, this means that they must have worked on at least one of the days during the access period or ballot period.

How will the ballot be conducted?

The ballot will be conducted by GoVote, an independent ballot provider. Employees will receive an email from GoVote that provides a link to the ballot for online voting and, as an alternative, instructions for voting by phone. Each employee will receive a unique PIN in their email that is required to vote. Each PIN can only be used to vote once. You will also need to enter your staff number seven digit CHRIS ID (also known as a staff number) found on your payslip or Online HR to authenticate your vote. View the instructions on obtaining you staff number.

How do I obtain my staff number as a new employee when I don’t have a payslip?

Contact the Staff Help Desk on 02 6215 3333 or mpshelp@finance.gov.au to obtain your staff number.

What happens if I lose my PIN before I vote?

Please contact GoVote at support@govote.com.au including your name, CHRIS ID (staff number) and date of birth to allow GoVote to confirm your details on the voter roll. GoVote will resend your PIN and voter instruction email.

What happens if I don’t get an email inviting me to vote?

Contact the Staff Help Desk on 02 6215 3333 or mpshelp@finance.gov.au to make alternative arrangements.

What happens if I’m on leave for the whole ballot period?

Contact the Staff Help Desk on 02 6215 3333 or mpshelp@finance.gov.au to provide an alternative email address for the ballot. Your invitation to vote will be sent to the alternative email address.

Can I vote if I commence employment during the ballot?

Yes. Details of new employees will be provided to GoVote during the ballot period to enable them to email voter instructions and a PIN.

What constitutes a ‘successful’ ballot?

If a majority of the employees who cast a valid vote support the proposed Enterprise Agreement, the ballot is successful.

How long will it take before a result of the ballot is known?

It is expected that a result will be known shortly after the ballot closes. Staff will be notified of the result as soon as possible.

What happens after a successful ballot?

The Enterprise Agreement will be signed by the Special Minister of State and a representative of MOP(S) Act employees and submitted to the Fair Work Commission for approval. The Commission will assess the Enterprise Agreement for matters such as whether it passes the ‘better off overall’ test.

How long does the Fair Work Commission take to approve an enterprise agreement?

The Fair Work Commission currently takes about 4–5 weeks to approve an enterprise agreement.

When will the new Enterprise Agreement commence?

The Enterprise Agreement will commence seven days after it is approved by the Fair Work Commission. Staff will be notified about commencement when the Enterprise Agreement is approved. The first salary increase will be effective from the commencement of the Enterprise Agreement and will be paid on the next available pay day.

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