Temporary Deferral of Bargaining for the Next MOP(S) Act Enterprise Agreement

Key points

  • Bargaining for the next MOP(S) Act enterprise agreement will be deferred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since November 2019, the Government has engaged in productive meetings with unions and other employee bargaining representatives to develop a new enterprise agreement to replace the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019.

I want to thank all participants for their efforts. A significant amount of work has been undertaken in developing, discussing and responding to proposals. However, we are now experiencing an unprecedented change in circumstances.

Given the current COVID-19 crisis, the Government does not consider it appropriate to provide a pay rise to the staff of Members of Parliament at this time. The Government will continue to work with bargaining representatives on a new enterprise agreement once the crisis is over.

If employees have any queries, please email eacomment@finance.gov.au. Parliamentarians are invited to contact their Advice and Support Director should they have any queries in relation to this circular.

Kind regards

Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
24 March 2020

Circular 2020/05